EAG panellist Michael Ryan is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster for services to business and corporate social responsibility.

He is one of twelve individuals chosen for their leadership, progressive thinking and integrity to receive the award this summer.

Ulster University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Richard Barnett, announced the distinguished list, which includes representatives from healthcare, sports, business and public service.

Professor Sir Richard Barnett said: “These summer 2015 honorary degrees are the last of my tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University. As such, my colleagues and I felt it was important that this year’s recipients should reflect the range individuals whose commitment to, and engagement with the local community, resonated strongly with me, particularly during my time leading this University.

“Distinguished in philanthropy, local and national sport, business and civic leadership, healthcare, community relations and public service, these graduands display inspirational leadership, skill, progressive thinking, integrity and the value of connecting and collaborating to achieve the best outcomes.

“These are many of the attributes that are central to the character of Northern Ireland and remain so vital to its continued confidence and growth. These are individuals, careers, commitments and professions that can only inspire our students as they begin to shape their own future paths and direction.”