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Honorary awards

  • 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.

  • Sir Chris Bonington CBE

    Sir Chris Bonington is Britain's most famous mountaineer and one of the greatest climbers in the world. He has led and taken part in 19 Himalayan expeditions, including four to Everest which he climbed at the age of 50.

  • Shami Chakrabati

    With an international reputation as a human rights campaigner, Shami Chakrabati was appointed director of Liberty, the National Council of Civil Liberties, in 2003.

  • Sarwar Khan Awan

    Sarwar Khan Awan was born in the North West frontier region of Pakistan and came to live in Sheffield in 1957, where he married and had five children.

  • Sean Bean

    Sheffield born actor who played Romeo in the RSC production of Romeo and Juliet before taking roles in television and film.

  • Seán Mahon FCA

    Seán Mahon has combined a career as a leading businessman with a commitment to rejuvenating deprived areas and helping disadvantaged groups in Yorkshire.

  • Jonathan Crossley-Holland

    Jonathan Crossley-Holland was the Executive Director of Sheffield City Council for 11 years, eight of which were spent in charge of education services and three in charge of children and young people's services.

  • Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson has clinched 11 Paralympic gold medals and is hailed as one of Britain's most influential sports personalities.

  • David Brailsford CBE

    David Brailsford, director of the most successful British cycling team in history, is the force behind the transformation in British Cycling. His team brought back a record haul of 14 medals in 2008's Olympics in Beijing.

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE

    Christine was appointed the Government's Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in 2004 and is the Director General in the Department of Health for Professional Leadership and for Partnerships for Children, Families and Maternity.

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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