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

July 2019

Friday 19 July:

10.30 am - Professor Howard Wheater, FRSC, FREng
1.30 pm - Gary Mabbut, MBE
4.00 pm - Gillian Guy

Monday 22 July:

10.30 am - Professor Peter Landrock
1.30 pm - Lisa Johnson
4.00 pm - Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Tuesday 23 July:

10.30 am - Samantha Smith
1.30 pm - Professor Cindy Fan
4.00 pm - Dame Clare Marx

Wednesday 24 July:

10.30 am - Professor Alan Baddeley
1.30 pm - Dr Julie Maxton
4.00 pm - Professor Diane Coyle, CBE, FAcSS

Thursday 25 July:

10.30 am - guest speaker
1.30 pm - Christiana Figueres
4.00 pm - Kalpna Woolf

Friday 26 July:

10.30 am - guest speaker
1.30 pm - Emma Stibbon
4.00 pm - Professor John Scott

Previous honorary graduates

Details of previous honorary graduates, including those awarded during the February 2019 ceremonies are available.

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