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Honorary awards

  • Helen Sharman

    Helen Sharman was Britain's first astronaut, launched into space as a crew member of the Anglo-Soviet Juno mission on 18 May 1991.

  • Emma Harrison

    Emma grew up in Sheffield and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Bradford. In 1987, at the age of 23, she took over her father's Sheffield-based training agency ITA, which provided training and employment opportunities for workers made redundant in the declining steel industry.

  • Ian Sharratt

    Ian, an award winning architect, has had a distinguished career which began in 1976 when he joined the practice of Michael Hopkins and Partners.

  • Dr Reverend Inderjit Bhogal OBE

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  • James Toseland

    Doncaster-born motorcycle racer James Toseland became World Superbike Champion at just 23 and has been collecting titles since the age of 15.

  • Hilary Mantel CBE

    Hilary Mantel, who has recently made the headlines by winning one of fiction’s most prestigious prizes, is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Dr Ian Johnston

    Ian Johnston is a skilled and innovative leader in education who has made a major contribution to the finances and the future of Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Mavis Ainsworth

    Mavis Ainsworth is the retired Director of Sheffield Hallam's School of Cultural Studies and was instrumental in establishing the Northern Media School.

  • Michael Heller

    Michael is one of the country's major philanthropic donors who, together with his wife, runs a charitable foundation supporting the arts, education and medicine.

  • Michael Jelly

    In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jelly has established himself as one of Sheffield's best known commercial lawyers.

The degree of Doctor of the University (D.Univ) is awarded to people who have achieved distinction in the fields of learning, the arts, public life, community service and/or have made a distinctive contribution to Sheffield Hallam University, the city of Sheffield or the region. Nominations are invited annually from the University’s staff, students and Governors; we do not invite nominations from the public.

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarding honorary doctorates since gaining status as a university in 1993; it has been awarding honorary fellowships, based on similar criteria, since 1969.

See below for this year's honorary doctorates or you can also view the archive of honorary awards.

If you would like to find out more about our honorary award recipients, please email our press office.

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