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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

Sheila Hollins - Honorary Doctor of Letters on Thursday 14 January at 10am

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.

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