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Honorary awards

  • 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.

  • Dame Margaret Drabble DBE CBE

    As a novelist, Margaret has cast her sharp and intellectual eye on life, particularly on women's lives, in seventeen novels from A Summer Bird Cage (1963) to the thought-provoking The Sea Lady (2007).

  • Mark Herbert

    As Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield-based Warp Films, Mark Herbert has produced some of the UK’s most acclaimed films of recent years, including This is England, Dead Man's Shoes and Four Lions.

  • Martin Narey

    Martin Narey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding achievements and national reputation in the field of Criminal Justice.

  • Novlette Rennie OBE

    Novlette Rennie is the Chief Executive of Sporting Equals and has been with the organisation since its foundation in October 1998.

  • Pam Liversidge OBE DL

    Elected in 1997 as the first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Pam Liversidge has forged a successful career in a traditionally male occupation, becoming a respected female engineer and industrial entrepreneur.

  • Michael Vaughan

    In 2005 England cricket captain Michael Vaughan led his team to their first Ashes victory in 18 years. It was an impressive addition to a number of unique and defining moments for Michael, who lives in Sheffield.

  • Nicholas Jeffrey

    As a former Chair of the Board of Governors, Nicholas Jeffrey has given distinguished service to Sheffield Hallam University over a number of years.

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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