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Honorary awards

  • Professor Ted Wragg

    Professor Ted Wragg was one of the UK's foremost authorities on education. His work has transformed classrooms and teaching styles across the world, and his legacy is one of a modernised and more effective UK education system.

  • Trevor Phillips OBE

    Trevor began his career in broadcast journalism in 1980 when he joined London Weekend Television (LWT) as a researcher for current affairs series Skin.

  • Simon Armitage

    West Yorkshire born-and-bred, Simon Armitage is one of the country's best known and most popular poets and the youngest to have his work included in the National Curriculum.

  • Richard Dale

    Richard Dale is the creative director of Dangerous Films, a groundbreaking film production company known for producing emotionally complex films about major landmark events.

  • Richard Hawley

    Richard is a proud Sheffielder who started performing and touring with various bands from the age of 14 and was a member of 1980s Sheffield band Pulp.

  • Rita Britton

    Renowned fashion designer and owner of the Pollyanna fashion store, her work has featured in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and a host of fashion magazines.

  • Professor Gervase Phinn

    Author, radio and TV personality Gervase Phinn is considered one of Britain's most popular writers and is an acclaimed after dinner speaker.

  • Quentin Thompson

    A profile of Quentin Thompson, a recognised national and international expert in the fields of strategy, policy and the management of higher education who was awarded an honorary degree by Sheffield Hallam University in 2007

  • Sebastian Coe

    Sebastian Coe's first international success was on 14 March 14 1977, when he won the 800m at the European Indoor Championships and set a new Commonwealth record.

  • Professor William Alsop, OBE - Architect

    William Alsop's internationally-acclaimed design for the Peckham Library was just the latest in a series of prestigious projects that he has been involved with as Principal Architect at the international firm Alsop Architects Ltd.

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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