Sports guru and Teletubbies creator to be honoured by University of Sheffield

Psychiatrist Steve Peters during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA.  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Psychiatrist Steve Peters during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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The creator of Teletubbies and a psychiatrist who has helped some of the country’s leading athletes will be among recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Sheffield this week.

Anne Wood is one of the UK’s most prolific children’s television producers and responsible for some of the country’s most treasured and popular programmes including Brum, Roland Rat, Rosie and Jim, In the Night Garden, Tots TV and the Teletubbies.

Teletubbies creator Anne Wood

Teletubbies creator Anne Wood

She is to receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters today.

Psychiatrist Professor Steve Peters, undergraduate dean for the University of Sheffield’s Medical School, is also being honoured this week.

He is being recognised for his contribution to British sport after working with the likes of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and six times Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy.

Professor Peters, who also worked with the England football team during last summer’s World Cup, is to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine tomorrow.

A university spokesman said: “His pioneering psychological preparation is based on the ‘Chimp Model’ whereby the irrational, emotional side of our personality is depicted as a chimp – to help people understand how their minds work and how they can manage them.”

Also receiving an honorary Doctorate of Letters tomorrow is novelist and newspaper columnist Professor Philip Hensher.

Professor Hilary Chapman, who has worked in the National Health Service for more than 30 years. Professor Chapman, will be honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine tomorrow.

She is one of the most prominent and influential Chief Nurses in the United Kingdom.

And on Friday The Right Honourable Lady Justice, Julia Macur, will receive an honorary Doctorate in Laws for her outstanding contribution to her field.

Dame Julia Macur, who is a specialist in family law, is one of a small number of women to reach the pinnacle of the law profession and become Lady Justice of Appeal in the High Court.

Hamid Mughal, director of global manufacturing for Rolls-Royce, will also be honoured by the university on Friday.