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The former head of press operations for the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has been recognised with an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University.

Jayne Pearce was responsible for providing the operations service for 5,600 members of the world’s press and photographers at London 2012. She was given the award at a graduation ceremony for students from the University's sport courses.

In 2008, Jayne entered into a partnership with Sheffield Hallam to develop a series of academic modules for sport development and sport event management students. She also helped to recruit industry specialists to attend sessions with students, giving them a valuable insight into the management of high-profile, global sporting events.

Jayne also developed a student internship programme within press operations at LOCOG reserved especially for Sheffield Hallam students.

Speaking at the ceremony at Sheffield City Hall, Jayne said: "The modules live on, and they have produced students that have gone on to work in Sochi, Glasgow and beyond. I'm thrilled that I've created an opportunity that I didn't have but wanted to have.

Jayne Pearce
Jayne Pearce

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"My advice to the graduates today is to work very hard and take every opportunity, no matter how small."

10,000 students will graduate this year at ceremonies in Sheffield City Hall. Nine inspirational figures from a variety of sectors will join them on the stage this year, receiving honorary doctorates for outstanding contributions in their field.

Sheffield Hallam's graduation ceremonies are taking place at Sheffield City Hall from 9-20 November 2015.

For press information: Joe Field in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email