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Honorary Awards

Since 1966 the University of Bradford has awarded Honorary Degrees and Fellowships to outstanding individuals in recognition of their academic work and endeavour, their contribution to their chosen profession or field of activity, their contribution to the University, City or wider region, and their ability to act as a role model reflecting the University’s values.


Professor Jane Cummings CBE RN – Doctor of Health

Take risks and try new things. Live your values, do things for the right reasons and always think about the impact your actions will have on others. Professor Jane Cummings CBE RN

Professor Jane Cummings CBE RN – Doctor of Health

In recognition of her outstanding career in nursing, her unstinting support of nursing charities, and more recently her involvement in the opening of the University’s partnership with Dewsbury Hospital, the University of Bradford has awarded Professor Jane Cummings CBE RN with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Health. 

Professor Jane Cummings is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Royal College of Nursing Foundation and a Trustee at Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Jane is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years experience, specialising in emergency care. She has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles including executive director at NHS England, the professional lead for nurses and midwives in England, and senior advisor in the Department of Health and Social Care, supporting the response to the covid-19 pandemic. 

She is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St. George's University London and a clinical ambassador for the Over the Wall charity where she also volunteers as a nurse. 

Professor Jane Cummings, Summer 2021 Honorary Graduate

Allan Jagger OBE – Doctor of the University  

The University of Bradford is an outstanding university. You now become an ambassador for it, so promote the standards and the influence that it has had over your career. Be happy and kind to others. Allan Jagger OBE

Allan Jagger OBE – Doctor of the University

In recognition of his work with Rotary International and Rotary Peace and his strong support of the Bradford peace centre, the University of Bradford has awarded Allan Jagger OBE with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University. 

Allan Jagger is a former President of Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). He has been a key supporter of Rotary International’s work on peace, including its scholarship programme that supports students to study peace at one of six designated Rotary Peace Centres around the world, which includes the centre here at the University of Bradford. 

As a local Rotarian, Allan has been particularly involved with the Rotary Peace Centre here at the University. He was one of the earliest Host Area Coordinators for Rotary Peace Fellows arriving at Bradford and played a leading role in the inception and operationalisation of the annual Rotary Peace Seminar.  

In 2014 Allan was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the training and education of young people as well as his charitable work in Yorkshire. 

Summer 2021 Honorary Graduate

Previous Honorary Graduates

Nominations for Honorary Awards

Nominations for honorary degrees and fellowships can be submitted at any time and are considered by the University Honorary Awards Committee twice each year. 

Full details including the Honorary Awards Policy and nomination form can be found here