Leading lights from sport, politics and medicine to be honoured by University

A world-class sportsman, a former advisor to Gordon Brown, and the head of one of the world’s leading medical charities will be honoured by the University of Aberdeen this week.

One of the UK’s foremost rugby players, Chris Cusiter, Former Chief of Strategy to the Prime Minister, Lord Carter of Barnes, CBE, and Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark Walport will receive honorary degrees at the institution’s winter graduation ceremonies.

Aberdeen-born author Diane Morgan and Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell will also have honorary degrees bestowed upon them.

The graduation ceremonies will take today (Thursday November 25) and tomorrow (Friday November 26) at Elphinstone Hall on the University’s King’s College Campus.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ian Diamond said: “The University of Aberdeen is proud to honour these exceptional individuals who have achieved greatness in their respective fields.

“In each of their distinguished careers they have embodied the qualities, values and passion required to make it to the top of their professions. They provide inspirational examples for our graduands who will celebrate their own achievements in graduating from the University.”