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Honorary graduates

Each year, the University of Reading awards honorary degrees in recognition of the significant contribution certain individuals have made to their field or to society. Here are some of our most recent honorary graduates. To find out more about the individuals listed below, please click here.

2015

Vinton G. Cerf; Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Nemat (Minouche) Shafik; Deputy Governor of the Bank of England; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill; Provost of Eton College; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Diane Lees CBE; Director-General of the Imperial War Museums; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

2014

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill; Professor of Roman Studies and Director of Research in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Chris Cleverly; Chief Executive Officer, Made in Africa Foundation; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC; former Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Sir Charles Mayfield; Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and President of the Employee Ownership Association; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

2013

Paul Lindley; founder of food brand 'Ella's Kitchen'; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws 

Leif Bergmann; former Managing Director of Henley Nordic, Danish partner of the Henley Business School; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration

Sir John Beddington CMG FRS; former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Dudley Fishburn; Director and Chairman of several international companies; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

2012

Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB; former Chairman of the Inland Revenue; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr Justin Fletcher MBE; children's television presenter and voice over artist; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Gordon Marshall CBE; Director of the Leverhulme Trust and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

2011

Professor Julia Slingo; Chief Scientist at the Met Office; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Dr Christie Peacock (BSc Agriculture 1980; PhD 1984); former Chief Executive of FARM-Africa; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield (Professor Peter Hennessy, FBA); english historian and academic; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Fran Connaway; Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration

2010

Professor John Allen; Emeritus Professor; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Alison Carnwath (BA German and Economics 1975); Chairman, Land Securities (one of only 3 FTSE women chairmen); Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Janet Beer (BA English 1978); Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

2009

Mr Timothy Ford; leading figure in the legal sector; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Mrs Lorna Arnold; historian and expert on British Nuclear Weapons programmes; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr Saul Lehrfreund MBE (LLB LAW, 1990); international Human Rights expert; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Dr Susan Solomon; US National Oceangraphic and Atmospheric Administration; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

2008

Professor Michael Twyman (BA Fine Art 1957); Professor Emeritus of the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Professor John Dunning OBE; economics expert; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr John Armitt CBE; Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Mr Peter Erskine; former Chairman and Chief Executive of O2; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

2007

Sir John Madejski OBE; Chancellor of the University of Reading, founder of Auto Trader, Chairman of Reading Football Club, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Mr James Godfrey OBE (BSc Agriculture 1974); renowned agriculturist; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Mr Michael Bond OBE; author of Paddington Bear series and over 100 books; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

The Rt Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond; legal academic, barrister, judge and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

2006

Mr Martin Green; farmer and amateur field archaeologist; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Mr Heston Blumenthal; local restauranteur and leading chef; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science

Professor James Knowlson; Emeritus Professor of French and creater of the University of Reading's Beckett Archive; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Dr Anthony Minghella; former Film Director; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters