A FORENSIC scientist, visual effects expert and a charity director are among those receiving honorary doctorates from Bournemouth University.

The awards will be given out at graduation ceremonies for more than 5,000 students taking place at the BIC this week.

Andrew Rennison, Home Office forensic science regulator, will become a Doctor of Science.

He has supported the university’s forensic sciences research and teaching, and officially opened a new Crime Scene Training Facility at the site in February.

Paul Franklin who received Oscar and BAFTA for visual effects work on the film Inception, will become a Doctor of Arts at BU.

He has been a frequent visitor to the university, giving guest practitioner lectures to computer animation students and was the Undergraduate External Examiner for around five years.

Dorset resident Sibyl Fine King, director of the Fine Family Foundation, will also become a Doctor of Arts.

She has provided support to many Dorset-based charities and is a good friend of the university, sponsoring the statue which sits outside the library.

Jean Claude Baumgarten, who has had a long and successful career in the tourism industry with Air France and the World Travel and Tourism Coun-cil, will become a Doctor of Business Administration.

A friend of the university’s School of Tourism, he has given guest lectures and will be supporting current students.

Professor John Vinney, vice-chancellor of Bournemouth University, said: “We recognise people who have excelled in their chosen field who will act as inspirational role models, both for graduates and their families.”