Summer graduations

Canongate Publishing owner Jamie Byng is among those receiving honorary awards this year.

The Edinburgh graduate, who is credited with turning around the company from the verge of bankruptcy will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at McEwan Hall on Wednesday 30 June.

The innovative Edinburgh firm has the best-selling Man Booker winner in history on its list as well as the autobiographies of Barack Obama.

The prominent English architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in Social Science on the following day.

A former student of Edinburgh College of Art, he is noted for several modernist buildings, including London’s Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Human Rights activist Irene Kahn, who was Secretary General of Amnesty International until December last year, will be awarded an honorary degree on Tuesday, 29 June.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who received 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, will receive an honorary degree on Wednesday, 30 June.

The full list of honorary degrees can be found on our registry website.

Benefactor award

On Saturday 3 July, the University’s Polish School of Medicine will be presented with a University Benefactor award.

The school was established in March 1941. Although originally intended to meet the needs of students and doctors in the Polish armed forces, the School opened its doors to civilians from the outset.

Students followed a Polish curriculum, were taught mainly in Polish, and were awarded a Polish degree.

The award is being given to a unique initiative that continues to promote Polish-Scottish relations in the field of medicine