Honorary Doctorate - 2009
Doncaster-born motorcycle racer James Toseland became World Superbike Champion at just 23 and has been collecting titles since the age of 15.
In 1998, at the tender age of 17, he was given his big break and chosen by Castrol Honda to ride the CBR600 in the World Supersport series. Never one to turn down a challenge, over the next two seasons, James finished 18th and 11th overall before returning to Britain to ride in the 2000 British Superbike Championship۔
Since then, James has emerged as a world-class rider. In only his second year in the World Superbike series in 2002, he made his name as a regular top six finisher and scored his first ever podium finish at Assen. In 2003, he ended fellow Brit Neil Hodgson's winning streak with an impressive win at Oschersleben and earned his first pole position in the final round at Magny-Cours.
An extraordinary 2004 season with Ducati followed, with James making the history books as the youngest ever World Superbike Champion.
Following his second world championship title, James moved into the elite level of motorcycle racing with a two-year career in MotoGP.
James, who says Sheffield is his favourite city, also plays keyboards and sings with his band Crash.