Honorary Graduates

Each year we confer honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field, their contribution to the region or society or service to the University.

Honorary degree nominations

Nominees for award in 2017 may be made up until Thursday 5 January 2017. 

Find out more about honorary degree nominations

Honorary Graduates 2016

Hannah Cockroft MBE, Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Julia Davis, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Brian Deer, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Lizzie Deignan, Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Lyse Doucet OBE, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Chris Evans, Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
James Martin, Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
Jamie Peacock MBE, Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Manvinder Rattan, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2015

Mark Addy - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea - Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
David Bradley - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Professor David Fleming - Doctor of Education (honoris causa)
Alastair Fothergill - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Andrew Marr - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Keith Massey - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Christian Prudhomme - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Una Stubbs - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Sir Gary Verity - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2014

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE - Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
Sir Ian Gibson CBE - Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
Will Hutton - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Lord Indarjit Singh CBE - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2013

Sir Philip Craven MBE – Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
Shami Chakrabarti CBE – Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
Professor the Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE, ACSS – Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Martine Wright – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2012

Most Reverend Desmond Tutu - Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
Ian McMillan - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Glynn Ryland - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Julia Unwin CBE - Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
Sandi Toksvig - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Dr Elizabeth White - Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2011

Sir Alan Ayckbourn – Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Marc Bolland – Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
Hendre Fourie – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Alan Rayment – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Mike Tomlinson – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Howard Webb MBE – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2010

James Caan – Doctor of Business Administration (honoris causa)
Valerie Taylor – Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Janakiraman Ramachandran – Doctor of Education (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates 2009

Eva Schloss - Doctor of Education (honoris causa)
Tanya Barron - Doctor of Health Sciences (honoris causa)
Andrew Dunn - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Peter Randall-Page - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Honorary Graduates & Fellows 2008

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)
Margot Brown - Honorary Fellowship
Rebecca Cooper - Honorary Fellowship
Professor James Walvin - Doctor of Letters (honoris causa)

Honorary Fellows 2007

Andrew Motion
Gareth Rees
Margaret Winchcombe
Yuichiro Nakagawa

Honorary Fellows 2006

Kate Adie
Cynthia Cockburn
Wolfgang Mastnak

Honorary Fellows 2005

Liz Allen
Ken Atkinson
Mark Herman
David Hope

Honorary Fellows 2004

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
Len Cruddas
Kay Mellor

Honorary Fellows 2003

Kate Atkinson
Revd Dr Stuart Burgess
Dr William Thomas

Honorary Fellows 2002

Madeline Hall-Jackson
John Maw
Professor Gervase Phinn

Honorary Fellows 2001

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson OBE
Professor Gordon McGregor
Catherine Roberts
Ken Ridley