Grant became involved in the tech sector through working in the flight simulation industry, and went on to a 25-year career in a variety of senior international marketing and corporate communications roles at IT companies including Gateway and Commodore.
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He said: “It has amazed me that I have been awarded this and it is a huge honour. I wasn’t given the honorary degree for my IT skills per se, but for a lifetime of working within the IT industries and it’s lovely to receive recognition for this work.”
As well as being the president of BCS, Grant works as an associate director of Harvey Nash, and IT service and recruitment organisation.
It is fantastic that [Michael] has been given this honorary degree of Doctor of Technology by Solent University, which is doing so much to teach the digital workforce of the future.
– Paul Fletcher, BCS
Paul Fletcher, group CEO of BCS, said: “BCS is all about promoting professionalism across all aspects of the digital industries and we are so pleased that Michael’s contribution has been recognised.
“In addition, because we also champion the importance of computer science education and its benefits, it is fantastic that he has been given this honorary degree of Doctor of Technology by Solent University, which is doing so much to teach the digital workforce of the future.”
Grant also works a lot within the education sector, being a founding trustee of the IT/New Media Hammersmith Academy, and trustee for the Chichester University Academy Trust and its 14 schools.
He also currently sits on the Court of the Company for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, having been a member for 23 years and Past Master. Grant assists with the company’s education and employment programme, arranging mentoring schemes for schools and for service men and women.
Grant will be working with Solent students this year on a project to commemorate 30 years of the internet.