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Honorary awards

  • 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.

  • Julie Kenny CBE DL

    Julie Kelly is recognised regionally and nationally for her contribution to business and commitment to helping young entrepreneurs achieve their potential,

  • Johnny Ball

    Johnny's career began in accountancy, but after National Service he worked as a drummer, Butlin Redcoat and comedian.

  • Lisa Jardine

    Professor Lisa Jardine has enjoyed phenomenal success as a scholar, historian, writer, critic, and broadcaster.

  • The Right Reverend John (Jack) Nicholls, Lord Bishop of Sheffield

    Always known as 'Jack', the Bishop of Sheffield was educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, Rossendale and King's College, London, where he graduated in 1966, before moving on to St Boniface College, Warminster.

  • Kay Mellor

    Kay Mellor is an acclaimed writer responsible for some of TV's most remarkable dramas. Her work has been produced for stage, television and feature film. Born and brought up in Leeds she firmly believes that Yorkshire provides a rich inspiration for her characters.

  • Professor Andrew Motion - Poet Laureate

    Acclaimed poet, novelist, academic and biographer, Andrew Motion was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999.

  • Stephen Venables

    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.

  • Lord Broers FREng FRS DL

    Lord Broers is a distinguished engineer who spent his research career working on the use of electrons, x-rays and light optical systems for microscopy and for the fabrication of microelectronic components.

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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