University Honorary Degrees 2016


The University Council has submitted to the Regent House, the University of Cambridge's Governing Body, the names of eight renowned individuals from the worlds of sport, the arts, business, medicine and architecture, seeking authority for their admission to Higher Doctorates honoris causa.


The honorary degrees will be conferred at a Congregation in the Senate House on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at which the Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, will preside.

They are:

"Tanni" Grey-Thompson, The Baroness Grey-Thompson, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Paralympic athlete (Doctor of Law).

Ms Helena Morrissey, of Fitzwilliam College, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Founder and Chair of the 30% Club, business leader and gender champion (Doctor of Law).

Professor Sir Keith Peters, Honorary Fellow of Christ's College and Clare Hall, Regius Professor of Physic Emeritus, physician and immunologist (Doctor of Medical Science).

Sir Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple Inc., designer (Doctor of Science).

Dame Zaha Hadid, architect and Royal Academician (Doctor of Letters).

Sir Nicholas Hytner, Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, formerly Director of the National Theatre, director of theatre, film, and opera (Doctor of Letters).

Sir Nicholas Serota, Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Director of the Tate, art historian and museum director (Doctor of Letters).

Professor Joanna MacGregor, Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Professor of the University of London and Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, pianist, conductor, and composer (Doctor of Music).

The Council has also submitted the names of two individuals distinguished by their contributions to the County, City or University of Cambridge, seeking authority for their admission as Masters of Arts honoris causa at an earlier Congregation on Saturday, 23 April 2016, at which the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, will preside.

They are:

Sir Hugh Duberly, of Wolfson College, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire and formerly High Sheriff of the County

Miss Susan Edwards, formerly Civic and Twinning Officer for the City of Cambridge and Executive Assistant to The Right Worshipful The Mayor

Reproduced courtesy of the University of Cambridge


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