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Honorary Graduates

Since 1966 the University of Bradford has awarded honorary degrees to figures who have achieved distinction in their fields - through academic or professional achievement, contribution to the community, or to the University itself. A list of those honoured by the University is displayed below.  

 

Ashok Soni OBE

Doctor of Health (Dec 2016)

For his services to Community Pharmacy, including as former President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and to the NHS.



Geraldine Howley

Doctor of the University (Dec 2016)

For her services to Social Housing and to West Yorkshire. 


Helen Hirst

Honorary Fellow (Nov 2016)

For her services to Health, the NHS and to the City of Bradford. 


Benson Taylor

Doctor of the University (Nov 2016)

For his services to music, entertainment, to philanthropy and the City of Bradford.


Neil Hunt

Doctor of Health (Nov 2016)

For his services to health as Chief Executive of the Royal College of GPs and formerly as Chief Executive of the Alzheimer's Society.


Kevin Gaskell

Doctor of the University (July 2016) 

For his services to engineering, the automotive industry, and business.


Paul Donovan

Doctor of the University (July 2016)

For his services to business and commerce.


Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Doctor of Education (July 2016)

For his sservices to education and international development, in particular, his work in Bangladesh with BRAC.


Dame Stephanie Shirley

Doctor of Science (July 2016)

For her services to computer science, equality in the workplace and philanthropy.


Professor Robin Wilson

Doctor of Education (July 2016)

For his services to education and the field of mathematics.


Cecilia Anim

Doctor of Health (July 2016)

For her services to nursing.


Francesca Martinez

Doctor of the University (July 2016)

For her services to equality and diversity and human rights. 


Kate Bellingham

Doctor of Engineering (December, 2015)

For her services to engineering and science and for inspiring young people, in particular championing girls’ opportunities in engineering.


Professor Simon Kay

Doctor of Science (December, 2015)

For services to healthcare and plastic surgery.


John Kirkby

Doctor of the University (December, 2015)

For his contribution to the community, charity work and tackling poverty.


Professor Audrey Paterson OBE

Doctor of Health (December, 2015)

For her services to Health and Higher Education.


John Salmon

Honorary Fellow (December, 2015)

For his services to the community and his work with ethnic minority groups in Bradford.


Baroness Thornton of Manningham

Doctor of the University (July, 2015)

For her services to social enterprise, equality and health.


Mohammad Taj

Doctor of the University (July, 2015)

For his contribution to public services and his services to the city of Bradford.


Barbara Woodward-Carlton

Doctor of Health (July, 2015)

For her services to education, the University of Bradford and Alzheimer’s research.


Javed Bashir

Honorary Fellowship (July, 2015)

For his services to the community and social cohesion in the city of Bradford.


Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Doctor of Health (July, 2015)

For his services to public services and the pharmacy profession.


Lord Paul Drayson

Doctor of Engineering (July, 2015)

For services to engineering and science.


Dame Wendy Hall

Doctor of Technology (July, 2015)

For her services to information technology and web sciences.


Dame Mary Perkins

Doctor of the University (July, 2015)

For her services to business and the community.


Dalton Philips

Doctor of the University (2014)

For his services to retail and business.


Sir Barrington Windsor Cunliffe CBE

Doctor of Science (2014)

For services to archaeology and education.


Ron Lee

Doctor of Engineering (2014)

For services to Engineering and automation.


Sir Keith Pearson

Doctor of Health (2014)

For services to healthcare. Sir Keith also received a Knighthood in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2010. 


Dame Dr Barbara Hakin OBE

Doctor of Health (2014)

For services to healthcare and for her work on the development of clinical commissioning.


Professor Bertil Andersson

Doctor of Science (2014)

For services to education and research in science (biology).


Diana Chambers

Doctor of Education (2014)

For her services to education and to the University of Bradford.


Jacqueline Ann Gerrard

Doctor of the University (2014)

For her services to midwifery and healthcare.


Hannah Cockroft MBE

Doctor of the University (2014)

For her services to athletics.


Mark Fletcher

Doctor of Engineering (2014)

For services to education and engineering.


Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE

Doctor of Science (2014)

For services to education and his contribution increasing interest in science through his television documentaries, such as the BAFTA-nominated 'Chemistry: A Volatile History', and his weekly BBC Radio 4 program 'The Life Scientific'.


Dean Royles

Doctor of the University (2014)

For his tireless work to help improve employer support and understanding of domestic violence victims.


Orla Guerin MBE

Doctor of the University (2014)

For her services in journalism and reporting.


Alex Brummer

Doctor of the University (2014)

For his services in journalism and writing.


Steven Frayne (better known by his stage name Dynamo)

Doctor of the University (2013)

For his commitment to improving the opportunities for young people through education and pastimes, his continuous support for the city of Bradford and his long-standing services to charity.


Rt Revd Nick Baines

Doctor of the University (2013)

For his contribution to the University and to the city of Bradford.


Demeke Mekonnen 

Doctor of Education (2013)

For improving access to education in Ethiopia over the last five years.  


Baroness Margaret Eaton of Cottingley

Doctor of Education (2012)

For her contribution to the City, region and local government.


Madam Wang Yuan

Doctor of the University (2012)

For her contribution to international financial development and her continuing support for the University of Bradford.


James Caan

Doctor of the University (2012)

In recognition of his long standing charitable work. In addition to his savvy business reputation he has also become a significant philanthropist in education, particularly in the  support of children in Pakistan


Sir Anwar Pervez OBE H PK

Doctor of Laws (2012)

In recognition of his lifelong commitment to business and support of charities.


Mumtaz Khan

Doctor of the University (2012)

For his support of the district of Bradford and determination to put the City back on the map


Professor A Douglas Kinghorn

Doctor of Science (2011)

For his considerable contribution in the field of pharmacognosy, through the isolation, characterisation and biological evaluations of natural (plant-derived) compounds.


Sir Nigel A.E. Farrow

Doctor of Letters (2011)

For his work as an academic publisher, businessman and charity worker.


Mr Trevor Higgins

Doctor of the University (2011)

For his contribution to the City and Region through voluntary work especially within the learning and employer networks.


Mr Zulfi Hussain

Doctor of Education (2011)

For his work in coaching, mentoring, diversity and promoting social inclusion.


Dr Leonidas Donskis

Doctor of Letters (2011)

For his work as a philosopher, political commentator and historian.


Mr John D Smith

Doctor of Engineering (2011)

For his services to engineering and higher education.


Professor David Sharpe OBE

Doctor of Science (2011)

For his work as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bradford and the Director of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Bradford and Airedale Teaching and Primary Care Trust.


Mr Lawrence Neil Tomlinson

Doctor of Engineering (2011)

For his commitment to improving the lives of the elderly and commitment to Engineering, Ecoversity and Equality.


Robert Wilmot

Doctor of the University (2010)

For his contributions to the work of the University in the field of internet and media studies.  He was one of the founding executives of Freeserve, which went on to become the UK’s biggest Internet Service provider.  He is also a graduate of the University, and was one of the first students to complete the BSc Hons in Electronic Imaging and Media Communications course in 1994.


Tom Priestley

Doctor of Letters (2010)

For the promotion of the works and ideas of JB Priestley and the significant contribution to the University, in particular for the donation of these works to the JB Priestley Library Special Collections.  Tom Priestley, son of JB Priestley and Jane Priestley, manages the Priestley estate and has worked closely with the University.


Terry Pratchett

Doctor of Letters (2009)

For work as science fiction and fantasy writer. For his contribution in raising awareness of very real need for research funding in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease and outstanding donation to Alzheimer’s Trust.  Terry is author of long-running, bestselling Discworld series, a collection of comical fantasy novels. Has won an array of literary awards including Carnegie Medal for his children’s literature and was awarded the OBE in 1998. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.


Brian Blessed

Doctor of Letters (2003)

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. One of Britain’s best known and highly respected actors of stage, TV and film and best selling author. Completed three expeditions to Mount Everest and a trek to the North Pole. Received his Doctorate for his contributions as an actor.


James Dyson

Doctor of Technology (1998)

For his contributions as an industrial designer and as Founder and Chairman of Prototypes Ltd and Dyson Appliances Ltd.  Also in recognition of his work as a member of the Design Council (since 1997)and his support for the Design Museum’s ‘Dyson Centre for Design Education and Training’.


David Attenborough

Doctor of Science (1998)

For his contributions as a broadcaster and writer and in particular for his work in relation to the creation and presentation of television wildlife programmes.


Prunella Scales

Doctor of Letters (1995)

In recognition of her contributions to theatre, film and her television as an actress and director.


Barbara Taylor Bradford

Doctor of Letters (1995)

In recognition of her achievements as an author and journalist.