TRANMERE Rovers manager Les Parry has been honoured by a Liverpool university.
Dr Les Parry, who recently signed a new contract with the club, graduated from Liverpool John Moores University last week with a PhD on “the effects of de-training following injury in professional football”.
The qualified physiotherapist completed the PhD just weeks after keeping Tranmere Rovers in League One.
Merseyside police’s former chief constable, Bernard Hogan-Howe also received an honorary fellowship for his “outstanding contributions in the field of law and order”. They were rewarded during a series of presentations at Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral.
Dr Parry said: “I am proud to gain a PhD at a university which is renowned for world leading research in sport and exercise sciences.
“I have certainly gained a great deal of knowledge relevant to my managerial position from this, as it is applicable to wider aspects of the game.
“The investment LJMU makes in the student experience is fantastic with world-class facilities available.
“It also has a lot to offer football clubs in terms of scientific consultation on all aspects of the game and I look forward to working with LJMU in the future.”
Mr Hogan-Howe said he was also “proud” to be recognised by Liverpool John Moores University .
Sheffield-born Mr Hogan-Howe, who is now appointed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, said: “The recent collaborative work carried out by LJMU with Merseyside Police has made a significant impact to the Foundation Degree Police Studies.
Neston-born Nobel Prize winner, Sir Tim Hunt, who has worked at Cancer Research UK since 1990, also became an honorary fellow of the university and was recognised “for his outstanding contributions to the field of biochemistry”.
He told graduates at the city’s Anglican Cathedral: “We should all aspire to do the best we can.”