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Honorary Graduands and other awards 2024.

Recipients of Honorary Degrees and other awards to be made in 2024


Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CBE Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, former Head of College of Science and Engineering Doctor of Science Wednesday 3 July 2024 11.00 am  
Professor Leslie Gabriel Valiant T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University Doctor of Science Wednesday 3 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Professor Alexander Robert Swan (Robin) Wallace Emeritus Professor in Renewable Energy Systems Doctor of Science Thursday 4 July 2024  11.00 am  
Gioconda Belli Poet, novelist and political commentator Doctor honoris causa Friday 5 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Dr Samuel Jebaraj Thevasagayam Deputy Director – Livestock, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Saturday 6 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Mr John Campbell, OBE Former Chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise, and member of Business School Advisory Board Master of Arts Monday 8 July 2024 11.00 am  
Dr Rachel Carr OBE and Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard, MBE Co-founders of IntoUniversity which supports young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to attain their chosen aspiration Doctor honoris causa (jointly with University of Glasgow) Monday 8 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Professor Anna Frances Glasier Honorary Professor (University of Edinburgh) and Women’s Health Champion for Scotland Doctor of  Medicine  Tuesday 9 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Dr Síofra O’Leary Former President of the European Court of Human Rights Doctor of Laws Wednesday 10 July 2024 11.00 am  

Mr Stephen John Wordsworth, CMG, LVO

Former British diplomat and Ambassador, executive director since 2012 of the Council for At-Risk Academics Doctor honoris causa Wednesday 10 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Emeritus Professor El Anatsui Visionary Artist. Professor of Sculpture, University of Nigeria Doctor honoris causa Thursday 11 July 2024 11.00 am  
Ms Maggie Nicols Leading jazz musician Doctor of Music Thursday 11 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Eric Henry Liddell (1902-1945) Athlete and Missionary, gold and bronze medallist at Paris Olympics 1924 Posthumous award of Doctor honoris causa Monday 15 July 2024 at 11.00 am  
Mr Alastair Salvesen, CBE Chairman of Dovecot Studios, Chartered Accountant and Director of Archangels; Chairman of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd Doctor honoris causa Monday 15 July 2024 3.00 pm  
Professor Stuart J Reid Principal of the Royal Veterinary College Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Date TBC  
Ms Vanessa Nakate Climate justice activist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since September 2022, Founder of the Youth for Future Africa and the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. Doctor of Science in Social Science Date TBC  
Naeema Yaqoob Sajid Alumna, Founder and Director of Diversity+, co-founder and committee member of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association, member of the University of Edinburgh’s Advancement Board Doctor of Laws Winter graduation 2024  
Mr Hew Locke, RA British Sculptor and Contemporary Visual Artist Doctor honoris causa Winter graduation 2024  
Mr Dugald Alexander Ross Founder and director Staffin Museum, Isle of Skye, self-employed crofter and builder Doctor of Science Winter graduations 2024