Student Administration

Honorary Graduates in 2017

Recipients of Honorary Degrees, Fellowships and University Benefactors to be awarded in 2017.

Honorary/ Benefactor Position Award Date Time
Professor E F Konrad Koerner Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Ottawa Doctor of Science in Social Science Early June 2017  
Professor Dianne Edwards Distinguished Research Professor and Director of Innovation and Engagement, Cardiff University Doctor of Science Monday 3 July 2017 11.00am
Dr Alasdair Robert Harris Executive Director of ‘Blue Ventures’ Doctor of Science Monday 3 July 2017 11.00 am
Professor Andrew Whiten Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews Doctor honoris causa Monday 3 July 2017 3.00 pm
Mr Oliver Stone Prominent and politically engaging American filmmaker Doctor honoris causa Tuesday 4 July 2017 10.30am
Mr Josh Littlejohn Social Entrepreneur, co-founder of Social Bite (social enterprise) Doctor of Science in Social Science Wednesday 5 July 2017 11.00 am
Professor Yvonne Galligan Professor of Comparative Politics, Founding Director Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics & Director of University Gender Initiative, Queen’s University Belfast Doctor of Science in Social Science Wednesday 5 July 2017 11.00 am
Mr Magnus Linklater Former Scotsman Editor, broadcaster author Doctor honoris causa Wednesday 5 July 2017 3.00pm
Professor Wolfgang Ernst Regius Professor of Civil Law, University of Oxford Doctor of Laws Thursday 6 July 2017 10.30 am
Professor Brigid Laffan Honorary Law Professor University of Edinburgh, Director at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies & Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Florence Doctor of Laws Thursday 6 July 2017 10.30 am
Professor Kurt Deketelaere Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities Doctor of Laws Thursday 6 July 2017 10.30 am
Ms Lilian K Lawson, OBE Retired Director of Scottish Council on Deafness Doctor honoris causa Thursday 6 July 2017 2.15 pm
Professor Andrew Harrison Diamond Light Source Ltd;  Honorary Professor, UoE School of Chemistry Doctor of Science Friday 7 July 2017 3.00 pm
Dr Michael Mosley Science journalist, presenter and executive producer Doctor of Science Friday 7 July 2017 3.00 pm
Professor Dr Elena Vladimirovna Boldyreva Head of Chair of Solid State Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University, Russia Doctor of Science Friday 7 July 2017 3.00 pm
Dr Denis Rutovitz Retired section head, MRC Human Genetics Unit, now Chairman (and Founder) of Edinburgh Direct Aid Doctor of Science Saturday 8 July 2017 11.00 am
Professor William Reid Dean of Postgraduate Medicine, Scotland Deanery (SE Region) Doctor honoris causa Saturday 8 July 2017 11.00 am
Mr Donald Brydon, CBE Chairman, Medical Research Council, London Stock Exchange and SAGE PLC Doctor honoris causa Saturday 8 July 2017 11.00 am
Mr Andrew Scott Artist and Sculptural practitioner specialising in public art Doctor honoris causa Saturday 8 July 2017 3.00 pm
Dr Luke Gamble Founding CEO international animal charity Worldwide Veterinary Service Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Saturday 8 July 2017 3.00 pm
Ms Caroline Freedman, BEM UoE appointed member on RCVS Council and active supporter and ambassador of the Dick Vet Honorary Fellow Saturday 8 July 2017 3.00 pm
Professor Sir Roger Penrose Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford Doctor of Science Monday 10 July 2017 10.30 am
Mr Charles Basil Tilley, OBE

Executive Chairman of the CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) Research Foundation

Doctor honoris causa Monday 10 July 2017 10.30 am
Reverend Margaret R. Forrester Formerly minister of St Michael’s Church of Scotland, Edinburgh Doctor of Divinity Monday 10 July 2017 2.15 pm
Professor James Hough Research Professor in Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow Doctor of Science November 2017  
Dr Maurice Wren Chief Executive Officer, Refugee Council UK Doctor honoris causa November 2017  
Ms Eleanor Sharpston, QC Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg Doctor of Laws November 2017  
Ms Mairi Hedderwick Illustrator and author Doctor honoris causa November 2017  
Ms Frances Morris Director, Tate Modern; Trustee, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh Doctor honoris causa November 2017  
Ms Louise Martin Chair of SportsScotland and President of Commonwealth Games Federation Doctor honoris causa November 2017