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Honorary award holders

Each year, we confer honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field; the contribution they have made to the life of the region or society at large; or their service to our University.

Recipients come from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine and entertainment. They include former staff and students.

Honorary Award holders include Kylie Minogue, Grayson Perry, Stephen Fry, Jimmy Doherty, Germaine Greer, Griff Rhys Jones, Anya Hindmarch, Terry Waite, Philip Pullman, John Rutter and Kate Adie.

Honorary Award Holders awarded in 2023

  • Ashraf Patel MBE, Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences
  • David Cleevely CBE FREng, Honorary Doctor of Technology
  • Felicia Odamtten, Honorary Doctor of Business Administration
  • Professor Kevin Seng Khoon Cheah, Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Marie Gabriel, Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences
  • Peter Cowley, Honorary Doctor of Business Administration
  • Ravi Gill OBE, Honorary Doctor of Education
  • Professor Sanduk Ruit MD, FRACO, Honorary Doctor of Science