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We award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals who have achieved great feats in their fields.

Honorary degrees awarded in 2019

Dr Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Doctor of Science

Jane Goodall was born in London, UK on 3rd April 1934.  Following a meeting with palaeontologist Dr. Louis Leakey in Kenya she had the opportunity to travel to Gombe in western Tanzania to study a group of wild chimpanzees and today, nearly 60 years later that study still continues.    Her early discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools helped redefine the relationship between man and other animals. 

In 1977 she established the Jane Goodall Institute to advance her work.  Today JGI continues the field research at Gombe and builds on Dr. Goodall’s innovative approach to conservation, recognizing the key role that local communities must play.  In 1991 Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots in Dar es Salaam with 12 high school students.  Today nearly 30 year later Roots & Shoots has become a global programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for the community, animals and the environment.

Today Dr. Goodall travels the world speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope.  Dr Goodall is author of many books and features in countless films and videos.  The recipient of many awards,  Dr. Goodall’s work emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things and the role each one of us plays on a daily basis.

Sir Anthony Seymour Laughton, FRS PhD, Doctor of Science

Sir Anthony is an oceanographer whose research has made a major contribution to our understanding of plate tectonics and seafloor spreading. His findings have also been important in establishing the basis for claims, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to parts of ocean floor and thus to any underlying resources.

With his team in the 1960s he pioneered the sonar based research of ocean floors with the Geologic Long Range Inclined Asdic (GLORIA). Weighing 6 tons, GLORIA was towed behind a ship, capturing acoustic pictures of the sea floor over a range of about 22 kilometres. An early success of the project was identifying an active fault valley east of the Azores and the tectonic structure of a mid-ocean ridge. He oversaw the extensive use of GLORIA to survey the entire Exclusive Economic Zone of the USA.

He initiated the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Deep Sea Drilling Project, which provided data to support hypotheses on seafloor spreading and plate tectonics. He became Director of the then Institute of Oceanographic Sciences in 1978. His many awards include the Royal Geographical Society’s Founders Medal. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1986 and was knighted in 1987 for services to oceanography.

Mr Justin Urquhart Stewart, Doctor of Letters

During his working life, Justin has worked on vineyards around Europe and also worked on Southampton Docks where he was even elected as a Trades Union shop steward. From studying law at Southampton University he trained as a barrister however, recognising his astonishing lack of talent went into international corporate and trade finance in Uganda and in South East Asia where he lived in Singapore.

Returning to the UK he was involved in the development of Big Bang in 1986 with BZW. From this he, with others, went on to found Broker Services which eventually went to become Barclays Stockbrokers where he was Corporate Development Director.

He is an enthusiast for greater financial education and the reform of investment structures for both investors and companies needing easier access for funding. As a result he has helped in the establishment of educational body Proshare, and also the development of the AIM market. Currently, he is keen on developing reforms for government privatisations as well as the development of regional investment structures for businesses of all sizes. He is a regular commentator and columnist on the media and is often called upon to demystify complicated financial jargon and stories.

He and his business partner of many years founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in 2001 to provide some "radical common sense" to change "a lazy, lethargic and self-satisfied" investment industry which they saw as being primarily run for the benefit of itself rather its clients.

He is an amateur archaeologist and in the summer of 2015 went to Rome with his old university to take part in an archaeological dig and this summer will be joining another dig in Northern Israel. Justin has an Irish wife, an Indonesian daughter, three Burmese cats, one motor cycle and a British racing green 1964 Morris Traveller.

In March 2015 Justin won The Spectator Money Award for Lifetime Achievement and in March 2017 he won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the City of London Wealth Management Awards.

The Rt. Hon Helen Clark ONZ SSI, Doctor of Letters

Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999 to 2008.  She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a general election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister. Throughout her tenure, she engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental and cultural spheres.

In 2009, Helen became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was the first woman to lead the UNDP, serving two terms and leading it to be ranked as the most transparent global development organisation. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, completing her tenure in April 2017.

Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen graduated with her BA and MA (Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland and taught in the Political Studies Department there.

Helen continues to speak widely and be a strong voice on sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on non-communicable diseases and on HIV. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. In June this year, she became Chairperson of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Baroness Claire Tyler, FAcSS, Doctor of Letters

A Law and Politics graduate from the University of Southampton, Claire Tyler has gone on to sit in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of Enfield. She is the Lead Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Mental Health in the Lords and is currently a member of the Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness. Claire also co- chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility and is vice chair of five other All Party Groups in the social policy field.

Claire is the President of the National Children’s Bureau and the Vice-President of Relate, the UK’s leading relationship support agency. Claire also chairs the ‘Make Every Adult Matter’ coalition of charities helping adults with multiple needs, and serves on the board of Social Work England. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the ‘Step Up to Serve’ campaign, a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for young people. She is also Ambassador for the homeless charity Centrepoint and a member of the Advisory Panel of Child’s Viewing for the British Board of Film Classification. Between 2012 and 2018, Claire was the Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, during which time the organisation’s ‘Inadequate’ OFSTED rating was replaced by an ‘Outstanding’.

Honorary degrees awarded in previous years

View a selection of our honorary graduates from the 1960s to the present day.

2018

Professor Subra Suresh, Degree of Doctor of Science

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE, Degree of Doctor of Science

Professor Anthony Hey, CBE, FREng, FACM, FInstP, Degree of Doctor of Science

Dr Grahaeme Henderson, BScm PhD, Degree of Doctor of Science 

Professor Dame Jane Francis, Degree of Doctor of Science

Dr Brian Robert Bowsher OBE, Degree of Doctor of Science

2017

Fiona Dalton, Doctor of Science

Professor John Shepherd, CBE, FRS, Doctor of Science

Professor Brian P. Schmidt, AC, FAA, FRS, Doctor of Science

Dr Sarah J. Caddick, PhD, Doctor of Science

Mr Steve Etches, MBE, Doctor of Science

The Honourable Mrs Justice Roberts, DBE, Doctor of Letters

2016

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Honorary Doctor of Science

Stefan Buczacki, Honorary Doctor of Letters

Professor Zhu Chongshi, Honorary Doctor of Science

John Denham, Honorary Doctor of Science

Judith Gillow MBE, Honorary Doctor of Science

Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Honorary Doctor of Science

William McKee CBE, Honorary Doctor of Letters

Professor George Stevenson, Honorary Doctor of Science

2015

Professor Martin Goodman, Honorary Doctor of Letters

Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Honorary Doctor of Science

Rosalind Rivaz, Honorary Doctor of Science

Richard Sadler, Honorary Doctor of Science

Professor William Webb, Honorary Doctor of Science

2014

Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Doctor of Science

Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman, Doctor of Science

Professor Dominic Tildesley, Doctor of Science

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Doctor of Science

Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC DL, Doctor of Science

2013

Chris Packham

Professor Zhong-Qun Tian

Dame Valerie Strachan

Stuart Popham

Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE

Professor Richard Holdaway CBE

Professor John Craven

2012

Professor the Rt Hon Lord Plant of Highfield, Doctor of Laws

Professor David Phillips CBE, Doctor of Science

Deirdre Le Faye, Doctor of Letters

Sir George W. Buckley, Doctor of Science

Professor Cecil Balmond, Doctor of Science

2011

Professor Sir William Wakeham, Doctor of Science

Jon Sopel, Doctor of Laws

Sir Adrian Fulford, Doctor of Laws

Brian Eno, Doctor of Music

Dame Helen Alexander DBE

2010

Caroline Wyatt, Doctor of Letters

Courtney Pine OBE CBE, Doctor of Music

Professor Gwyneth Lewis OBE, Doctor of Science

Mona Hatoum, Doctor of Letters

Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, Doctor of Letters

Shami Chakrabarti, Doctor of Letters

Professor Michael Arthur, Doctor of Letters

2009

Rosemary Squire OBE, Doctor of Letters

Sir Geoffrey Rowland, Doctor of Laws

Carol Marlow, Doctor of the University

Paul Lewis, Doctor of Music

Baroness Gloria Hooper CMG, Doctor of Laws

Professor Peter J Gregson, Doctor of Science

Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE, Doctor of Letters

Professor Jun Chen, Doctor of Science

Jane Bown CBE, Doctor of Letters

2000s

Sir Alfred Brendel, Doctor of Music (2002)

James Cameron, Doctor of the University (2004)

Shami Chakrabarti, Doctor of Letters (2010)

Brian Eno, Doctor of Music (2011)

Sir Michael Gambon, Doctor of Letters (2003)

The Baroness Greenfield, Doctor of Science (2002)

John Inverdale, Doctor of Letters (2001)

Helena Kennedy QC, Doctor of Laws (2002)

John Nettles, Doctor of the University (2006)

Trevor Phillips, Doctor of the University (2006)

Courtney Pine OBE CBE, Doctor of Music (2010)

Mary Quant, Doctor of Design (2000)

Lord Rogers, Doctor of Design (2002)

Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Doctor of Science (2007)

Amartya Sen, Doctor of Science in the Social Sciences (2002)

John Simpson, Doctor of the University (2003)

Dame Janet Suzman, Doctor of the University (2002)

Baroness Warnock of Weeke, Doctor of Letters (2000)

1990s

Sir David Attenborough CBE FRS, Doctor of Science (1992)

John Lill OBE, Doctor of Music (1992)

Ludovic Kennedy, Doctor of Laws (1993)

Victoria Glendinning MA, Doctor of Letters (1994)

Evelyn Glennie OBE, Doctor of Music (1999)

Sir Marrack Goulding, Doctor of Science in the Social Sciences (1997)

Andrew Colin Renfrew, The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Doctor of Letters (1995)

1980s

Sir Hermann Bondi, Doctor of Science (1981)

Frank Templeton Prince, Doctor of Letters (1981)

The Rt Hon Shirley Williams, Doctor of Laws (1981)

Sir Ernest Donald Acheson, Doctor of Medicine (1984)

Baron Shackleton of Burley, Doctor of Science (1986)

1970s

Sir Hugh Casson, Doctor of Letters (1977)

His Excellency President Manfred Lachs, Doctor of Laws (1975)

Sir Claus Moser, Doctor of Science in the Social Sciences (1975)

Sir Eric Roll (The Lord Roll of Ipsden), Doctor of Laws (1974)

1960s

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1967)

Sir Keith Murray (The Lord Murray of Newhaven), Doctor of Laws (1964)

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