Former Orient owner Hearn picks up UEL award

15:17 18 November 2014

Former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn received a doctorate from the University of East London. Pic: David Harrison/UEL

Former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn received a doctorate from the University of East London. Pic: David Harrison/UEL

David Harrison

Former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London (UEL).

The 66-year-old was honoured in recognition of his services to sport over the last four decades. He was nominated for the degree by UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

Hearn described the award of a doctorate as “a huge shock” but also a “tremendous honour”.

He said: “It’s a unique occasion. I’ve had a few of them in my life that I’ll never forget and I think this is going to be another one.”

In November 2012, UEL and Leyton Orient became official partners.

The partnership provides important experience for sport science students via internships at Leyton Orient’s academy for young players.

In return, UEL students support players in areas such as strength and conditioning, nutrition, match analysis and fitness testing.

Earlier this year, Hearn sold Leyton Orient to the Italian billionaire mFrancesco Becchetti.

“It’s been some journey,” he added. “I’m still on my journey which has taken me very far.

“It has brought me here to UEL and it makes me proud to see an institution in the East End of London which is of the people and for the people. UEL’s journey is really just beginning and that is exciting, as is receiving this doctorate.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Sports News


Defeat for volleyball squad


Five-set thriller ends in defeat

UN Court

East Londoners have received messages of support from West Ham United as well as other notable people

Essex Olympian League

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now