We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Ceremonies Unit

Honorary Degrees

At certain Congregation ceremonies the University awards honorary degrees to candidates who have been nominated by University staff and approved by Senate. During the ceremony a speech (oration) of the life and work of the graduand is presented prior to conferring the award.

If you would like someone to be considered for an honorary award, view the nomination information.

The following honorary degrees will be awarded during Winter Congregation 2016

Anthony George Doré - Honorary Doctor of Science on Friday 15 January at 10:00 am

Tony Doré is Senior Advisor to Exploration Management for Statoil, a leading energy company in oil and gas production. He is also Honorary Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at Durham University. He has held senior technical and leadership positions with Statoil for 19 years, including Vice-President of the North America exploration division 2008-2011. In addition to his huge success in business, Tony has maintained his academic roots, publishing over 60 wide-ranging scientific papers. Over the last 20 years he has played a key role in the development of excellence in Earth Sciences at Durham. As well as being honoured with numerous professional awards, Tony was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 for services to geology.

Shelia Hollins - Honorary Doctor of Letters on Thursday 14 June at 10:00 am

Sheila the Baroness Hollins is Emeritus Professor of the Psychiatry of Disability at St George's, University of London, all Crossbench Peer. She qualified at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School and worked as a GP in South London before training in Psychiatry. She was a Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability for 25 years, and Chair of the Academic Department of Psychiatry at St George's for 3 years until her retirement. She was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2005-2008, President of the British Medical Association from 2012 to 2013 and is currently President of the College of Occupational Therapists. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010 where she sits on the crossbenches. Baroness Hollins is an honorary professor in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religion where she is currently working on research proposals concerning clergy sexual abuse. She is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter - Honorary Doctor of Science on Friday 15 January at 10:00 am

Carl Hunter is CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics Limited, a designer and manufacturer of monitoring products and systems, developing into mathematical data management. The company export 90% of their output in the Marine, Aerospace, Defence, Power and Fire Safety sectors. Carl graduated from Durham University in 1984 and it was here that he met his wife Dorothy. Their daughter Clare graduated from Durham last year. Carl maintains strong links with the University, particularly the Department of Physics where he sponsors Physics Team Projects and last year presented the department's awards. The Team Projects offer Durham physics students valuable work experience by giving them the opportunity to undertake a six week research project. He created a Durham Research Group of undergraduates who worked at Coltraco in their vacation periods, one of whom is now the Head of Research at the company. Carl is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chatham House. He maintains a focused Vision-Mission-Strategy approach to business and a commitment to integrity. He believes that science and mathematics should be at the core of the company and that scientist and arts graduates should combine their talents. Carl travels the world and is an outstanding ambassador for UK Business and Durham University.