Honorary degrees

An honorary degree is one of higher education's most significant accolades. Each year, following very careful consideration, the University bestows a number of honorary degrees on distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the mission of the University. The people concerned receive their degrees at one of the two degree congregations held in February and July of each year in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. During the ceremony an oration is delivered in commendation of each Honorary Graduand.

The awarding of an honorary degree to an individual is recommended by the Honorary Degrees Committee and approved by Senate and Board of Trustees.


Forthcoming honorary graduands

Summer 2018

Friday 13 July, 10.30 am - Juliet Davenport OBE

Friday 13 July, 1.30 pm - Professor Sir Andrew Wiles 

Friday 13 July, 4 pm - Dr Gavin Schmidt

Monday 16 July, 10.30 am - John Deer

Monday 16 July, 1.30 pm - Professor Edward Stolper 

Monday 16 July, 4 pm - Professor Viginijus Šikšnys

Tuesday 17 July, 10.30 am - Jonathan Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn

Tuesday 17 July, 1.30 pm - Val Jeal MBE

Tuesday 17 July, 4 pm - Professor Marcus Pembrey FMedSci 

Wednesday 18 July, 10.30 am - Bryan A Stevenson

Wednesday 18 July, 1.30 pm - Peaches Golding OBE

Wednesday 18 July, 4 pm - Dominic Wood

Thursday 19 July, 10.30 am - Alastair Fothergill

Thursday 19 July, 1.30 pm - Dame Mary Perkins

Thursday 19 July, 4 pm - Professor Sarah Glennie

Friday 20 July, 10.30 am - Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes BT OBE

Friday 20 July, 1.30 pm - Baroness Amos CH

Friday 20 July, 4 pm - Katie Alcott


Details of previous honorary graduates can be found here.

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