A celebration of achievement

Five public figures have been awarded honorary degrees by the University at a Celebration of Achievement ceremony.

Lord Puttnam, Scott Hastings, Mel Young, Tommy Smith and Nosheena Mobarik during their honorary degree ceremony

Film producer Lord Puttnam, rugby star Scott Hastings, jazz musician and composer Tommy Smith, Homeless World Cup President and founder of The Big Issue Scotland Mel Young, and Chair of CBI Scotland Nosheena Mobarik were awarded their degrees at a ceremony at the McEwan Hall.

They were each awarded a Doctor honoris causa at a Celebration of Achievement ceremony attended by students, staff and guests.

The awards were made by HRH The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University.


Interviews with graduands Mel Young, Tommy Smith and Lord Puttnam on the day of the ceremony.

Lord Puttnam

According to the British Film Institute, Lord Puttnam is “the nearest thing to a mogul that British cinema has had in the last quarter of a century.”

After retiring from the business in 1998 he has devoted his time to public policy on education, the media, climate change, and technology.

Scott Hastings

When he retired in 1997, Mr Hastings was Scotland’s most-capped player with 65 appearances, between his first game against France in 1986 and his final appearance against England in 1997.

Twice a British Lion, Hastings partnered Jeremy Guscott in both the Test match victories against Australia in 1989 - the first Lions side to win a series since 1974.

Tommy Smith

Raised in Wester Hailes, Mr Smith recorded his first album aged 16 before signing for the legendary Blue Note label and founding the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

He is the artistic director for jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Mel Young

A tireless campaigner to eradicate homelessness, Mr Young co-founded the Big Issue in Scotland in 1993.

Following its success he set up the International Network of Street Papers and founded the Homeless World Cup in 2001.

Nosheena Mobarik

In 2011 Ms Mobarik became the first Asian and only the second woman to hold the chair of CBI Scotland, the country’s top business lobbying group.

Born in Pakistan but raised in Scotland since she was five, she is the co-founder of Glasgow-based M Computer Technologies.

Photos: Maverick Photo Agency.

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