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Honorary awards

  • Angela Galvin

    Angela Galvin, former chief executive of Sheffield Theatres, is the driving force behind the redevelopment of the city’s Crucible Theatre.

  • Janet Barnes

    Janet Barnes is Chief Executive of the York Museums Trust and has been a museum and art gallery professional for over 29 years.

  • Alison Nimmo CBE

    From July 2005 Alison Nimmo was tasked with establishing the Olympic Delivery Authority (IODA) and in July 2006 was appointed as director of design and regeneration.

  • Professor Alec Jenner

    Alec Jenner was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sheffield for 25 years. He established the Psychogeriatric services in Sheffield, as well as the Phoenix House, a therapeutic community house for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

  • Dame Kelly Holmes

    Kelly Holmes was born in Kent but has a special connection with Sheffield, training in the city before her gold medal winning exploits at the 2004 Athens Olympics and choosing to run her final race before retirement at Don Valley Stadium.

  • 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.

  • Mavis Ainsworth

    Mavis Ainsworth is the retired Director of Sheffield Hallam's School of Cultural Studies and was instrumental in establishing the Northern Media School.

  • Alan Powell

    Alan Powell is well known in the world of journalism for his distinguished editorship of the Sheffield Telegraph, and latterly The Sheffield Star.

  • Dame Margaret Drabble DBE CBE

    As a novelist, Margaret has cast her sharp and intellectual eye on life, particularly on women's lives, in seventeen novels from A Summer Bird Cage (1963) to the thought-provoking The Sea Lady (2007).

  • 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.

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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