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Honorary awards

  • 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.

  • Steve Cram MBE - former athlete and Chair of the English Institute for Sport

    Steve Cram is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful middle distance athletes of all time, breaking world records at 1500m, 2000m and a mile within 19 days in 1985.

  • Steve Peat

    Steve Peat is three times World cup champion mountain biker who hails from Sheffield.

  • Sir Derek Jacobi

    Sir Derek Jacobi is one of Britain's best-known actors who has earned international recognition on both stage and screen. He has four decades of performing arts success under his belt and has won many awards, both here and in America.

  • Sir Digby Jones

    Sir Digby Jones is Director General of the Confederation of British Industry and the UK's 'voice of business'. During his career he has championed wealth and job creation in the UK and beyond and is advisor to companies across the globe, taking their views back to those who make the rules.

  • Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS Astronomer

    As an astronomer with a keen interest in communicating his knowledge and enthusiasm, Sir Patrick Moore has been credited with having done more work than anyone else to raise the profile and understanding of astronomy in Britain.

  • Vicky Seddon

    Vicky Seddon joined Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1969 as a lecturer in the department of Mathematics and Statistics and stayed with the institution in its various guises until her retirement this year.

  • Zahid Hamid

    Pakistan-born Zahid Hamid, who was educated in Sheffield after arriving there in 1962, has worked to improve community relations across South Yorkshire for 30 years.

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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