Honorary Doctorate - 2008
Stephen is a successful British mountaineer and writer who in 1988 became the first Briton to ascend the summit of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen, by a previously unclimbed route. He has also made first ascents of several other Himalayan peaks, as well as pioneering new climbing routes in Peru, Bolivia, Patagonia and South Georgia.
Stephen has appeared in several television documentaries and in the Imax film Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. He was recently president of the South Georgia Association and of the Alpine Club during its 150th year.
He has published twelve books, the first of which, Painted Mountains, won the 1986 Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature. His tenth book, which made the Sunday Times bestseller list, was Ollie, the story of his autistic son who died aged 12 from a brain tumour.
Stephen has written for all the major national newspapers and his illustrated lectures have enthralled audiences all over the world.