An honorary degree is one of higher education's most significant accolades.

Each year we award honorary degrees to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for genuine achievement and distinction in a field or activity, not only to acknowledge and celebrate their success but also to provide our students with inspiration role models, prompting further determination to succeed and achieve.

2020
  • HRH The Duchess of Rothesay
  • HRH The Princess Royal 
  • Professor Janet Darbyshire, CBE 
2019

June 2019

  • Professor Sally Mapstone BA, DPhil, FRSE - Awarded DLitt
  • Sir Tony Robinson - Awarded DLitt
  • Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE, FRS - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Dame Susan Black DBE - Awarded DSc
  • HE Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh Al-Thani BEd, BA, MBA, PhD - Awarded LLD
  • Ronald Watt OB - Awarded MUniv
  • John McLeod CBE FRAM - Awarded DMus
  • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn DBE, BA, MA, MBA - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Fiona Alison Steele OBE FBA - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Sir John Stewart Savill, FRSE FMedSci FRS - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Michael Greaves MBChB, MD, FRCPath, FRCP - Awarded DSc


January 2019 (Principal’s Installation) 

  • Eddie Stevenson MBE - Awarded MUniv
2018

November 2018

  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Darling of Roulanish PC, LLB - Awarded LLD
  • The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby MA -Awarded DD
  • Gladys Sangster  - Awarded MUniv
  • Micheal O’Siadhail BA, MLitt, DLitt  -Awarded DLitt

 

June 2018

  • Sheena Booth Blackhall Dip Ed, BSc (Hons Psychology), MLitt (Distinction) - Awarded MUniv
  • Professor Gordon Marshall CBE, FBA, BA, DPhil - Awarded DSc
  • Stanley Jack -Awarded MUniv
  • Robert Gordon Lovie - Awarded DHC
  • Michael Zaugg BM, MM - Awarded DMus
  • Professor Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o DSM SS - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak DBE, MD, FRCP, FAHA, FRSE, FMedSci - Awarded DSc
2017

November 2017

  • Anita Margaret Frew BA, MRes  - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Deborah Terry AO, BA, PhD, FAPS  - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Mihai G. Netea MD PhD  - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Simon Halsey CBE, BA, MA, MA, DUniv, DMus, DMus  - Awarded DMus
  • Professor John Michael Kosterlitz BA, MA, DPhil   - Awarded DSc
  • Judith Bingham BMus  - Awarded DMus
  • The Revd Canon Stephen John Evans BA, MA, MPhil, Cert Theol  - Awarded DHC
  • Francis Rolleston Gardner OBE, BA, LLD, FRGS  - Awarded DLitt

 

June 2017

  • Donald Alexander Lamont MA  - Awarded LLD
  • David Strachan BD, Diploma in Pastoral Studies  - Awarded DHC
  • Ms Margaret Carlaw BSc  - Awarded MUniv
  • Kim Alison Little BSc  - Awarded MUniv
  • Dame Katherine Grainger DBE  - Awarded DHC
  • Sir Moir Lockhead Kt, OBE, DBA, DHC  - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Stanley Hauerwas   - Awarded DD
  • Brian Sidney Pack OBE, SDA, Dip.FBOM, MSc, FRAgS  - Awarded DHC
  • David Andrew Steyn LLB  - Awarded DHC
  • Jennifer Ann Brown MA, DUniv  - Awarded DLitt
  • Isobel Yule MA  - Awarded MUniv
  • George Adam DA  - Awarded LLD
2016

November 2016

  • Professor Nyovani J Madise BSc, MSc, PhD - Awarded DSc
  • Nicholas Andrew Argyll Campbell MA, DLitt - Awarded DHC
  • Sara Lamb Parkin OBE, LLD, DSc - Awarded DHC
  • Judith Murray BA, DHC - Awarded DHC
  • Elly Barnes MBE, BMus(Hons), MA - Awarded DHC
  • Lesley Scott Dent Glasser MBE, BA, PhD, DSc, FRSE, FInstP - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Fredrik P Glasser, BA, PhD, DSc, IOM3, FRSE - Awarded DSc
  • Very Rev John Chalmers BD QHC - Awarded DSc

 

June 2016

  • Nicola Dandridge - Awarded DHC
  • Professor David Ford - Awarded DD
  • Professor Frances Cairncross - Awarded LLD
  • Suzy Digby - Awarded DMus
  • Samuel Jackson - Awarded DMus
  • Nanette Milne OBE - Awarded DHC
  • George Yule - Awarded MUniv
  • Professor Alice Brown CBE - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Lesley Yellowlees - Awarded DSc
  • Anne Harper - Awarded MUniv
  • Professor Teresa Rees - Awarded DSc
  • Dame Anne Begg DBE - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Pamela Gillies - Awarded DSc
  • Alison Skene MBE - Awarded MUniv
  • Rt Hon Baroness Tessa Jowell - Awarded LLD
  • Lady Joan Catto - Awarded MUniv

 

March 2016 (Special Ceremony)

  • President John Dramani Mahama - Awarded LLD
2015

November 2015

  • Zainab Hawa Bangura - Awarded LLD
  • Christopher Philip Bell - Awarded DMus
  • Very Rev Dr Graham John Thomson Forbes CBE - Awarded DD
  • Malcolm Webb LLB DBA - Awarded DHC
  • Marc Floyd Ellington - Awarded DHC

 

June 2015

  • Iain James Mackay MA, CA - Awarded DHC
  • The Hon Lady Wise LLB (Hons), DLP, LLM - Awarded LLD
  • Air Commodore R W Joseph CBE BSc RAF (Retd) - Awarded MUniv
  • Yasmin Rahman Seyal MA MS CPA - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Richard William Rylance BA PhD FRSA - Awarded LLD
  • Professor David William Rhind CBE, FRS, Hon FBA - Awarded DSc
  • Frances Guy MA - Awarded LLD
  • Frederick George Scott Dalgarno LLB, CA - Awarded MUniv
  • Professor Douglas Bruce Kell CBE, MA, DPhil, DSc, FIBiol, FLSW, FAAS - Awarded DSc
  • Graham John Siddall BSc, MSc, PhD - Awarded DSc
  • David Walker MA - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Louise Richardson BA, MA, PhD, FRSE - Awarded LLD
  • Alistair Gerould Macdonald MA - Awarded MUniv
  • Professor Stephen D Logan BSc PhD - Awarded LLD
2014

November 2014

  • Professor James Jordan MMus PhD - Awarded DMus
  • John Edward Kitson Smith CBE BA LLD CPFA FCA FRSA - Awarded LLD
  • Sir Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz Kt PhD FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FRS - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Albert Alexander Rodger FREng BSc (Eng) PhD CEng FICE FGS - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Frances Mary Ashcroft BA PhD ScD DSc DUniv FMedSci FRS - Awarded DSc

 

July 2014 

  • Dr Adam Watson, FSocBiol, FArcticINorthAmer, FRSE, FCEH, FRMetSoc, BSc, PhD, DSc, DUniv - Awarded DSc
  • Robert Grant Macfarlane BA, MPhil, PhD - Awarded DLitt
  • Christopher Rush MA - Awarded DLitt
  • Dr Alice Marjorie Sheila Prochaska D Phil, FRHist.S - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Hayman Russel Botman BA, BTh, MTh, DTh - Awarded LLD
  • Michael David Loggie BA MA - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Witold Zatoński MD DSc  - Awarded DSc
  • Professor David Alexander Syme Fergusson DPhil, FBA, FRSE - Awarded DD
  • Professor Anna Frances Glasier OBE, BSc, MBChB, MD, DSc, LLD, FFSRH, FRCOG, FRSE - Awarded DSc
  • Reverend Professor Clifford James Green - Awarded DD
2013

November 2013

  • Archbishop John Sentamu - Awarded DD
  • Juliette Paton  - Awarded MUniv
  • Karen Darke - Awarded DHC


July 2013

  • Professor Terence Charles Daintith - Awarded LLD
  • Professor David Noel Livingstone OBE  - Awarded DLitt
  • Professor Dame (Susan) Jocelyn Bell Burnell FRS, FRSE - Awarded DSc
  • Steven John Cannon - Awarded LLD
  • Ralph Allwood MBE - Awarded DMus
  • Justice Albert Louis Sachs - Awarded LLD
  • James Anthony O'Donnell KCSG - Awarded DMus
  • Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Dominic Frances Joseph Houlihan OBE - Awarded DSc
2012

November 2012

  • Peter James Stephen OStJ - Awarded DHC
  • The Hon Lord Bracadale - Awarded LLD
  • Rev Dr Alan David Falconer- Awarded DD
  • Sir John Rex Beddington CMG-  Awarded DSc
  • Sir (William) Roland Cedric Jackson Bt - Awarded DHC
  • Jane (Jean) Mitchell Hamilton - Awarded  MUniv

 

July 2012

  • Professor Christopher Bones FRSA - Awarded DHC
  • Dr Jonathan M Daube- Awarded DHC
  • The Hon Lady Dorrian- Awarded LLD
  • Professor Lisa Jardine CBE- Awarded DSc
  • Dame Emma Kirkby- Awarded DMus
  • Duncan Macniven TD- Awarded LLD
  • Sir Adam Roberts KCMG, FBA- Awarded   LLD
  • David Sweeney- Awarded DHC
  • The Hon Lord Woolman- Awarded LLD
  • Colin W McKerracher CBE QPM- Awarded LLD
  • Ian A Suttie- Awarded DHC
2011

November 2011 

  • Jennifer Shirreffs - Awarded  MUniv
  • Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi  - Awarded  LLD
  • Dr Michael Wyllie - Awarded  DHC
  • Jeremy Huw Williams - Awarded  DMus
  • Dame Hazel Genn - Awarded  LLD

 

July 2011

  • Professor C Duncan Rice - Awarded  LLD
  • Alan Amoore - Awarded  DHC
  • Richard Thomson OBE - Awarded  DHC
  • Professor William Saunders - Awarded  DSc
  • Dame Carol Black - Awarded  DSc
  • Professor Michael Gazzaniga  - Awarded  DSc
  • Professor K Srinath Reddy - Awarded  DSc
  • John Manzoni - Awarded  DSc
  • Dr Roger Williiams - Awarded  DMus
  • Sir Paul Nurse - Awarded DSc
2010

November 2010

  • Sir Mark Walport - Awarded DSc
  • Lord Carter of Barnes - Awarded LLD
  • Diane Morgan - Awarded MUniv
  • Clare Russell - Awarded MUniv
  • Christopher Cusiter - Awarded DHC

 

July 2010

  • Daniel Wegner BS, MA, PhD - Awarded DSc
  • Lord Robert Winston - Awarded DSc
  • James Douglas Craig OBE MA CA - Awarded DHC
  • Lord John Krebs Kt, FRS, FMedSci, BA, MA, DPhil - Awarded DSc
  • Professor John Hughes FRS, BSc, MA, PhD - Awarded DSc
  • Erwin Neher - Awarded DSc
  • Anthony Victor Hilton MA    - Awarded DHC
  • Andrew Douglas Fyfe Lewis MBA FInstD - Awarded DHC
  • Neal Ascherson MA   - Awarded DLitt
  • Michael Lewis Shattock OBE, BA(Oxon), MA(Oxon) - Awarded LLD
  • James Loy MacMillan CBE, BMus, PhD, FRSAMD - Awarded DMus
  • John Edward Tooke MA, MSc, BM, BCh, DM, DSc(Oxon) - Awarded DSc
2009

November 2009

  • Professor Richard Dawkins FRS - Awarded DSc
  • William Edgar CBE - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Zygmunt Bauman - Awarded DLitt
  • Dr John Purser - Awarded DHC
  • Laurie Taylor - Awarded DHC

 

July 2009  

  • Geoffrey Dennis MacCormack BA, LLB, MA, DPhil - Awarded LLD
  • William James Maclean MBE, RSA, DLitt - Awarded DLitt
  • Sir Moir Lockhead OBE - Awarded DHC
  • Edi Stark MA Hons ALA - Awarded MUniv
  • Martin James Gilbert MA, LLB, LLD, CA - Awarded LLD
  • John Stewart Spence - Awarded DHC
  • Professor William Horbury FBA, MA, PhD, DD - Awarded DD
  • Peter W Mills QHC, BD, CPS RAF - Awarded DD
  • Victoria Elizabeth Crowe MA (RCA), RSA, RSW, OBE - Awarded DHC
  • Morten Johannes Lauridsen - Awarded DMus

 

2008

November 2008

  • William Stanley Robertson (deceased) - Awarded MUniv
  • Susan Rice CBE, FRSE, BA, MLitt, DHC, DB - Awarded LLD
  • Sir Roy Anderson FRS, FMedSci  - Awarded DSc
  • William J L Buyers FRSC, FInstPhys  - Awarded DSc

 

July 2008    

  • Ferran Adrià - Awarded DHC
  • Kenneth Hunter BA - Awarded DHC
  • Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO FRS - Awarded DSC
  • Medbh McGuckian - Awarded DLitt
  • Semir Zeki BSc PhD FMedSci FRS - Awarded DSc
  • John Sievwright MA CA - Awarded DHC
  • Ian Trevor Russell MSc PhD FSS MIMgt FRCP  - Awarded DSc
  • John Anthony Pickett CBE DSc FRS  - Awarded DSc
  • James Matheson Smith BSc - Awarded DSc
  • Bridget McConnell MA Med PgDip FRSA - Awarded DHC
  • Alexander McLeish - Awarded DHC
  • John Buttifant The Lord Sewel CBE BA MScEcon PhD  - Awarded LLD
  • Matthew M MacIver CBE MA Med FEIS FRSA - Awarded DHC
  • Ernest McAlpine Armstrong CB BSc MB ChB FRCSEd FRCP(Glas, Ed) FRCGP FFPH - Awarded LLD
  • James Smith Milne DL CBE DBA (Hon) - Awarded DHC
2007

November 2007 

  • David Carry - Awarded MUniv
  • David B Craig (Deceased)  - Awarded DHC
  • Allan George Shiach - Awarded DHC
  • Derek Tucker - Awarded DHC

 

September 2007 (in Hong Kong)

  • Fong Yun-wah MBE

 

July 2007

  • Sir Steve Redgrave - Awarded LLD
  • Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Quentin Skinner  - Awarded DLitt
  • His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz  (Deceased) - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Paul Thompson - Awarded DLitt
  • Elish Angiolini QC - Awarded LLD
  • Ali Smith - Awarded DLitt
  • Professor Zhu Zuoyan - Awarded DSc
  • Dr William Edelstein (Deceased) - Awarded DSc
  • Athole Stil - Awarded DHC
  • Dr Lilian Leong - Awarded DHC
  • Dame Suzi Leather - Awarded DHC
  • Iain Gray - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Elmer Rees - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Derek Ogston - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Lap-Chee Tsui - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Anthony Seaton CBE - Awarded DSc
2006

November 2006

  • Dr Ian Olson - Awarded  DHC
  • Sir Tom Hunter - Awarded DHC
  • Mr Roddy Begg - Awarded DHC

 

July 2006 / July 2006 

  • Brian Binnie - Awarded  DHC
  • John Lawton - Awarded DSc
  • Audrey Baxter - Awarded DHC
  • W F H (Bill) Nicolaisen - Awarded DHC
  • Andrew Motion - Awarded DLitt
  • David Irvine-Halliday  - Awarded DHC
  • Robert May  - Awarded DSc
  • Daleep Mukarji   - Awarded LLD
  • Donald Macdonald - Awarded DHC
  • David Reid  - Awarded DHC
  • Sandy McCall Smith - Awarded DLitt
  • Andrew Salvesen  - Awarded LLD
  • Peter Boyle - Awarded DSc
  • JK Rowling - Awarded LLD
  • Bernard Aubertin  - Awarded DHC
  • Alan Main - Awarded DD
  • Nicola LeFanu - Awarded  DMus
  • John Wallace - Awarded  DMus
  • Michael Tunstall - Awarded DSc
  • Angus Grossart - Awarded LLD
2005

November 2005

  • Tracey Robb - Awarded DHC
  • Robert Sinclair  - Awarded DHC
  • Bryan Dargie - Awarded MUniv
  • George S Stevenson - Awarded DHC
  • Colin Blakemore FRS - Awarded DSc
  • James Boyle - Awarded LLD

 

July 2005 

  • Alan G Campbell CBE - Awarded LLD
  • Loretta Brennan Glucksman CBE - Awarded LLD
  • Denis Law - Awarded DHC
  • John Houston OBE (Deceased) - Awarded DHC
  • Professor Sally Macintyre OBE - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Ian Simmons - Awarded DSc
  • Douglas Paterson - Awarded LLD
  • Sir Timothy Clifford - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Iain Torrance - Awarded DD
  • Professor Stephen R Reid   - Awarded DSc
  • Professor William M Gordon - Awarded LLD
  • Sir Kenneth Calman - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Valerie Beral - Awarded DSc
  • Professor Elizabeth Russell CBE FRSE - Awarded DSc
2004

November 2004   

  • Winifred Ewing - Awarded LLD
  • Rae Angus - Awarded LLD
  • Derek Giles - Awarded MUniv

 

July 2004 / July 2004

  • Robert Black - Awarded LLD
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti - Awarded LLD
  • Iain Glen - Awarded LLD
  • Margaret Smith - Awarded LLD
  • Sir Mark Moody-Stuart - Awarded LLD
  • Malcolm Brinded - Awarded LLD
  • Alistair Mair MBE - Awarded LLD
  • Professor William Stevely - Awarded LLD
  • Professor Michael Thompson - Awarded DSc
  • Bertie Ahern - Awarded   LLD
  • Sir George Radda - Awarded DSc