Degrees of success

A number of high profile figures have been honoured by the University this autumn.

Malala Yousafzai receives honorary degree

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai - as well as famous names from sport and cinema - were awarded degrees.

Malala received the degree of Master of Arts in recognition of her efforts to improve educational opportunities for children around the world.

The 16 year old survived an assassination attempt by members of the Taliban in October 2012.

Since then, she has attracted praise and admiration from around the world for her determined campaigning.

The award was presented by University Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea in the McEwan Hall.

Sporting excellence

Sir Steve Redgrave, Susie Wolff, Judy Murray and Lynne Ramsay receive honorary awards from the University of Edinburgh

At an earlier ceremony, five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave and tennis coach Judy Murray were awarded honorary degrees.

Formula 1 racing driver Susie Wolff and acclaimed film director Lynne Ramsay were also honoured.

Sir Steve, Judy Murray and Lynne Ramsay were awarded a Doctor honoris causa and Susie Wolff received an honorary fellowship.

All of the awards were bestowed by HRH The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

The awards were made at a Celebration of Achievement ceremony, which was attended by students, staff and invited guests.


Watch Sir Steve Redgrave, Judy Murray, Susie Wolff and Lynne Ramsay receive their awards in the Celebration of Achievement ceremony video.

Global meeting

Malala received her degree at the inaugural meeting of the Global Citizenship Commission.

The event was chaired by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP, who is also a graduate and former Rector of Edinburgh.

The Commission saw distinguished leaders gather in the University's McEwan Hall to re-examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

The Commission was organised in conjunction with New York University, where Mr Brown is a Global Fellow, and was supported by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Among those attending were John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and philosopher K Anthony Appiah.

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