Award for professor who couldn’t read or write until he was 15
Welby Ings has had an unusual progression from the King Country back blocks to being awarded his university’s highest academic honour.
The Professor of Design at Auckland University of Technology was the son of a shearing contractor, and could not read or write until he was 15.
After being expelled from secondary school, he would go on to get suspended from teachers college.
“It doesn’t look like a CV that you want to deal with,” he concedes.