Broadcasting star to receive honorary doctorate

7th November 2013

Broadcaster and star of BBC TV's Countryfile, Julia Bradbury, is to be recognised by Sheffield Hallam University next week for her work in promoting the Julia, who has also presented Watchdog, Planet Earth Live, Kill It Cook It Eat It and Wainwright's Walks, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University at a ceremony at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday 14 November.

appreciation and preservation of the natural landscape. Educated at Sheffield's King Edward VII School, Julia has become the national face for championing the preservation of the British countryside and, thanks to her passion for the great outdoors, is president of the Friends of the Peak District, the South Yorkshire branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE) and, more recently Julia became the first female President of the Camping and Caravanning Club the first woman in the role in the club' s 111 year history. She regularly undertakes a large amount of charity work, particularly for the Scouts, Bowel Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer and Sparks. In addition she is one of the Patrons of Sheffield's St Lukes Hospice. Julia told the University: -It is a surprise, honour and a privilege to be recognised by Sheffield Hallam University. Have you got the right woman?! I am thrilled to be considered for a doctorate and I can't wait to join everyone at City Hall next week. "My family have a strong bond with Sheffield; my mother Chrissi ran a shop on Ecclesall Road for 20 years and I first explored the great outdoors with my Dad, Michael, when he took me hiking over the beautiful nearby Peak District as a nipper. Professor Judy Simons of Sheffield Hallam University nominated Julia for the doctorate. She said: "Julia Bradbury is a perfect candidate for an award. She's a local girl who has achieved celebrity status and her work reflects many of my own and the University's values. "I'm a life member of CPRE and Julia is a wonderful champion of the beauty, the heritage and the pleasures of the countryside." For press information: contact Sarah Duce in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 4025 or email

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