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Honorary awards

  • Professor Chris Baines

    Chris Baines is one of the UK's leading independent environmentalists and an award winning writer and broadcaster.

  • Jenny Watson

    Jenny was appointed Chair of the Electoral Commission in 2009 and has had a long, varied and successful career in the voluntary, public and private sectors.

  • Joe Cocker

    Born and bred in Sheffield, Joe has built an international reputation as a singer and has been called the 'world's greatest blue's singer'. He made a well publicised recovery from drug dependency and now seeks to educate against the dangers of drugs.

  • Joe Simpson

    Touching the Void, Joe Simpson's amazing story of grit and determination not to die in the Andes in 1985, has resulted in a best-selling book and the most successful British documentary in cinema history.

  • 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.

  • Jane Priestman OBE

    Jane Priestman has a distinguished career in design and design management. She is also a member of the panel that is going to be advising on the new building for the London Mayor and Assembly. Jane was awarded and OBE for her work in design.

  • Jarvis Cocker

    Jarvis Cocker is one of Sheffield's best loved musical sons and the founder of Pulp, who enjoyed an illustrious 24 year career after forming in the city in the late 1970s.

  • Professor John Hoyland RA

    Professor Holman is one of the UK’s most widely respected science educators, with a major hand in many of the most influential curriculum development schemes of the past 25 years.

  • John Mann

    A profile of John Mann, who was awarded an honarary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University in 1980 for his contributions to UK education.

  • John Tams

    John Tams, described by Mojo as 'one of the ultimate British songwriters', has enjoyed a career spanning four decades in every performance medium, making more than 50 albums as either singer, musician or producer.

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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