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  • Kay Mellor

    Kay Mellor is an acclaimed writer responsible for some of TV's most remarkable dramas. Her work has been produced for stage, television and feature film. Born and brought up in Leeds she firmly believes that Yorkshire provides a rich inspiration for her characters.

  • Kath Hetherington

    Born and raised in Featherstone, the daughter of a colliery miner and only girl of a family of five, three of her brothers played professional Rugby League with Wakefield Trinity; Leeds and Great Britain, Kath was destined to be involved with sport and Rugby League.

  • Kate Rusby

    Currently in the middle of an autumn tour of the UK and with a new album soon to be released, Yorkshire's Kate Rusby has made a name for herself as one of the country's top folk singer/songwriters.

  • Karol Sikora

    Professor Karol Sikora, one of the world’s leading authorities on cancer and a pioneer of holistic cancer treatment, has published more than 300 papers and written and edited 20 books about cancer,

  • Julie Kenny CBE DL

    Julie Kelly is recognised regionally and nationally for her contribution to business and commitment to helping young entrepreneurs achieve their potential,

  • Johnny Ball

    Johnny's career began in accountancy, but after National Service he worked as a drummer, Butlin Redcoat and comedian.

  • 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.

  • Seán Mahon FCA

    Seán Mahon has combined a career as a leading businessman with a commitment to rejuvenating deprived areas and helping disadvantaged groups in Yorkshire.

  • Sean Bean

    Sheffield born actor who played Romeo in the RSC production of Romeo and Juliet before taking roles in television and film.

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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