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

Honorary degrees awarded in 2022

Professor Derrick Swartz - Doctor of Letters

Derrick Swartz is a science advisor, higher education leader and democratic activist in South Africa. He is currently serving as Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, working on ‘grand challenges’ in climate change, renewable energy, health, food sovereignty and sustainability economic development.

He is a development sociologist by training, having studied in SA and the UK, with Masters and Doctoral degrees in sociology of development from Essex University, from which he also received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Rights Law (2008).

He served as Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University (2008-2018) and the University of Fort Hare (1999-2007). In 2005, under his leadership the University of Fort Hare was awarded the Supreme Order of Boabab (Gold Class) in recognition of its distinguished service in higher education and leadership development for over a century.

In the pre-democracy period, he was a leading anti-apartheid activist and spent many years in exile, returning to South Africa after the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners in the early 1990’s. In SA, he was founding Director of the Institute of Government and Professor/Chair of Inter-Governmental Relations at the University of Fort Hare, advising on key issues of democratic governance and public sector reconstruction and development in mid-nineties.

He became South Africa’s youngest Vice-Chancellor in 1999 and campaigned for the democratization and transformation of higher education: promoting greater access to previously marginalized sections of society; deepening the involvement of universities in local community development; stimulating more diverse university-industry linkages; and harnessing novel technologies in promoting inclusive development of marginal communities in the face of technological disruption, globalization, climate change and loss of biodiversity.

Swartz is also an avid mountaineer, philanthropist and serves on numerous public and non-governmental Trusts committed to building a non-racial, socially-just and inclusive world.


Stefan Cross QC, Doctor of Letters

Stefan is recognised as one of the UK’s leading employment lawyers; his pioneering equal pay litigation has changed the legal landscape.

Stefan, a working- class boy on free school meals, graduated with a LLB Law degree from Southampton in 1982. After training in Bournemouth, he joined trade union solicitors Thompsons in Newcastle, took an LLM in employment law, pioneered claims for redundancy consultation, transfer of undertakings and multi-applicant claims, especially equal pay.

From 2003 to 2013 his own firm, Stefan Cross Solicitors, conducted more than 30,000 successful equal pay claims against more than 100 local authorities in England and Wales, directly and indirectly, recovering more than £2bn for low paid women and men.

Stefan set up Action 4 Equality Scotland Ltd in 2005 to pursue claims in Scotland. He has since been involved in more than 100,000 claims recovering more than £1.2bn leading to the Glasgow Women’s Equal Pay Strike in 2018.

In 2013, he was appointed as an Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC) in recognition of his contribution to pay equality, one of only a small number of solicitors to be awarded this venerable distinction.

Stefan has maintained a close relationship with the University. In 2018, he launched The Stefan Cross Centre for Women, Equality and Law on Highfield Campus, designed to raise awareness of discrimination against women and girls, and investigate the causes of this discrimination.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Doctor of Science

CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
CEO, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation, and diversity and inclusion activities. She chairs the UK government’s Business Innovation Forum and the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, and recently co-chaired with Sir Lewis Hamilton his Commission on improving Black representation in UK motorsport. She is a trustee of EngineeringUK and the Foundation for Science & Technology; a member of the UK government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council; a director of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK; and an advisor to accelerateHER and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. She has been named as one of the ‘Inspiring 50 Women in Tech’ and one of the most influential women in engineering.

She has a Masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from Oxford and a PhD from Cancer Research UK/UCL. She is a Fellow of the IET and Honorary Professor at UCL and in 2021 received honorary degrees from UCL and Imperial College and won a Science Suffrage Award. She was made a CBE for services to International Engineering in 2019.

Prior to her current roles, she was Deputy CEO at the Academy and served as Committee Specialist and later Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond - Doctor of Science


Professor Sir Ian Diamond has been, since August 2018, the National Statistician and Permanent Secretary of the Office for National Statistics. Prior to this role he was, from 2003-2010, Chief Executive of the Economic and Statistics Research Council, and from 2010 -2018, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. These roles followed almost 23 years at the University of Southampton where he was, variously, Lecturer, Professor, Head of Social Statistics, Dean of Social Sciences and Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Ian is a passionate teacher and researcher who has worked on the analysis of large and complex data sets most notably in the area of population; and on census design and analysis. His research has crossed many disciplinary boundaries and he has worked with a number of government departments both in the UK and internationally.

He is currently chairing the Independent Commission for the Future of College Education and Plan International UK. He has also Chaired British Universities and Colleges Sport, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and Edinburgh College of Further Education; and has been or is a board member of WWF UK, UK Research and Innovation, UCAS, Universities UK, Lancaster University and the Iona Cathedral Trust.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin CB ADC, Doctor of Law

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin is the professional head of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces and principal military adviser to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Defence.

He previously served as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff from June 2019 until early November 2021, during which time he oversaw a full-scale transformation of the Royal Navy, instigated a renewed naval presence around the globe and secured an expanded shipbuilding programme.

Commissioned in 1990, he has served in numerous command and staff appointments, both ashore and afloat, and in command of UK and international forces. Operational tours have included the Iran/Iraq Tanker War, security duties in the Falklands, NATO operations in the Adriatic, countering smuggling in Hong Kong and the Caribbean, and three tours in Iraq – each in command.

A qualified barrister with an MA in International Relations and Defence Studies, he is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course and the London Business School’s Senior Executive Programme, and various international courses, principally in America.

He lives in Hampshire with his wife and four sons, born between 1998 and 2005. He is president of the UK Armed Forces Tennis and Royal Navy Squash Associations, and Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy Sailing Association.

Honorary degrees awarded in previous years

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


Dr Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Doctor of Science

Sir Anthony Seymour Laughton, FRS PhD, Doctor of Science

Mr Justin Urquhart Stewart, Doctor of Letters

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

Baroness Claire Tyler, FAcSS, Doctor of Letters


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


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


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


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


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


Chris Packham

Professor Zhong-Qun Tian

Dame Valerie Strachan

Stuart Popham

Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE

Professor Richard Holdaway CBE

Professor John Craven


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


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


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


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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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