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Honorary awards

  • Nicholas Jeffrey

    As a former Chair of the Board of Governors, Nicholas Jeffrey has given distinguished service to Sheffield Hallam University over a number of years.

  • Martin Narey

    Martin Narey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding achievements and national reputation in the field of Criminal Justice.

  • Michael Vaughan

    In 2005 England cricket captain Michael Vaughan led his team to their first Ashes victory in 18 years. It was an impressive addition to a number of unique and defining moments for Michael, who lives in Sheffield.

  • Mark Herbert

    As Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield-based Warp Films, Mark Herbert has produced some of the UK’s most acclaimed films of recent years, including This is England, Dead Man's Shoes and Four Lions.

  • Nicholas Park

    Nick Park graduated from the Polytechnic in 1980 and went to the National Film and Television School in London. He moved from there to Aardman Animations in Bristol where he has worked ever since.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John Taylor

    John Taylor, former principal of Sheffield College and interim principal at Doncaster College, is known for his strong management skills and ability to turn around organisations in crisis.

  • Malorie Blackman

    Malorie Blackman has been hitting headlines since the release of her latest novel Checkmate, the story of a mixed-race teenage girl who trains to become a suicide bomber.

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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