Honorary Doctorate - 2010
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.
He is Chairman of London and Associated Properties plc, a listed property company, which also owns Orchard Square Shopping Centre in Sheffield. He is non-executive Chair of Sheffield-based Electronic Data Processing, a pioneering computer software company which Michael founded in the 1960s following a period spent working for his father at KP Foods in Rotherham.
The success of EDP led to it being floated on the Stock Exchange in 1985 and its most recent year's trading it saw a turnover of almost £6 million
Michael and his wife, Morven, set up the Michael & Morven Heller Charitable Foundation in 1988 which funds ventures that would not otherwise get grants especially in the field of Education and the Arts.
Among its many undertakings, the Foundation funds cutting-edge cancer research at University College London, offers bursaries to medical students and fellowships to research students and funds cutting-edge research at Cambridge University in Software.
Michael is Deputy Chair of the Centre for Policy Studies, a leading think-tank which encourages enterprise and promotes the principles of a free society.
He is also a big supporter of Sheffield Hallam University - his Heller Prize is awarded each year to a female student on the Built Environment programme.