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

February 2019

The following people will receive awards during the February Congregation

Tuesday 19 February

  • Colin Skellett, OBE
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon, MBE, Hon FBSA, FRSA, Hon DSc
  • Paul Lindley, OBE, Hon LLD

Wednesday 20 February 

  • Fiona Fox, OBE, FMedSci
  • Professor Margaret Snowling, CBE, FBA, FMedSci

Thursday 21 February

  • Andy Sheppard
  • Simon Pugh-Jones, MBE
  • Professor Stephen Toope

Details of previous honorary graduates, including those awarded during the July 2018 ceremonies are available.

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