Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ranvir Singh received an honorary degree from Edge Hill University at a graduation ceremony held over the weekend, marking the beginning of her journey towards becoming a ‘proud ambassador’ for the institution.
Preston-born Ranvir who currently wakes up the nation on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, advised the graduates that passion, perseverance and not being afraid of failure were critical to success in any career.
“The road to success is not always smooth. It’s only when things get tough that you know you’re on the right path. When you get overlooked for promotion or miss out on a job, it is heart-breaking but you come back with more fire, more determination. Being passionate will sustain you when things get tough.”
She also warned graduates against being “dazzled by the glamour of television” and advised budding media professionals to be realistic about the industry.
“If you go into it thinking you’re going to work sociable hours, immediately get a good salary, or have a social life you’re not going to be successful. My advice is to dig deep, try not to complain too much, fix the wrongs where you can and work hard.”
Ms Singh is no stranger to the Edge Hill campus, having visited numerous times whilst working for North West Tonight.
“I’d visited Edge Hill before but continue to be impressed by the exemplary nature of what’s on offer here,” she said.
“I’ve never seen anything like the University’s media centre, Creative Edge – there are working TV stations in the industry that don’t have that level of equipment.
“Everything is slick and professional, and the learning environment is so similar to real working life, it’s no surprise to me that the University has such an outstanding graduate employment record.”
Speaking about receiving her Honorary Doctorate, Ms Singh said she was proud to reflect the ideals and values of Edge Hill University.
“It was genuinely surprising and humbling to be recognised in this way. Graduation is a lovely moment in people’s lives, and to be part of it is something to treasure.
“I was thrilled to meet the Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byron, who is a real heroine of mine and such a good fit for the university. To me, Edge Hill is informal, intellectual and accessible and she is all of those things too. Being given an honorary degree I feel like, ‘maybe they think I’m like that too?’ and that’s a real honour.”
“I plan to be a proud ambassador for Edge Hill University and I’m looking forward to coming back regularly to share my passion and experience with the next generation of media professionals.”
Ms Singh joined BBC Radio Lancashire in 2002. Shortly after she gained notoriety as anchor of the BBC Radio Manchester breakfast programme during the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Ranvir’s moved to BBC regional news programme North West Tonight as a journalist and bulletin presenter in 2005, and by 2007 she was co-presenting the programme.
Ms Singh’s national breakthrough came when she joined ITV’s Daybreak as co-presenter and newscaster in 2012. As well as presenting on ITV’s Evening News and News at Ten, Ranvir has also hosted her own primetime current affairs series for ITV, Real Stories with Ranvir Singh.
A natural in front of the camera, Ranvir was awarded ‘Best On Screen Talent’ at the Royal Television Society’s North West Awards In 2010, and was voted Asian Media Personality of the Year in 2015.