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Honorary awards

  • John Mann

    A profile of John Mann, who was awarded an honarary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University in 1980 for his contributions to UK education.

  • John Tams

    John Tams, described by Mojo as 'one of the ultimate British songwriters', has enjoyed a career spanning four decades in every performance medium, making more than 50 albums as either singer, musician or producer.

  • John Foster

    Foster is Managing Director of Barnsley-based Fosters Bakery, the small family business he started working in at the age of five, and has since grown it year on year to its current £10 million annual turnover.

  • Professor John Holman MA FRSC CChem HonFBAAS

    Professor Holman is one of the UK’s most widely respected science educators, with a major hand in many of the most influential curriculum development schemes of the past 25 years.

  • Gary Hetherington

    Gary Hetherington is Chief Executive of Leeds Carnegie RUFC and Leeds Rugby Ltd, and owner and operator of Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Leeds Rhinos.

  • Graham Hughes

    Former Head of Design at the Royal Mint, craftsman also a qualified barrister. Honorary Fellow awarded in 1978.

  • Gurinder Chadha

    Credited with bringing Bollywood colour to the British screen, Gurinder Chadha has earned herself numerous accolades and international success.

  • James Toseland

    Doncaster-born motorcycle racer James Toseland became World Superbike Champion at just 23 and has been collecting titles since the age of 15.

  • Helen Sharman

    Helen Sharman was Britain's first astronaut, launched into space as a crew member of the Anglo-Soviet Juno mission on 18 May 1991.

  • Hilary Mantel CBE

    Hilary Mantel, who has recently made the headlines by winning one of fiction’s most prestigious prizes, is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

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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