Honorary Graduates

Lancaster University has been awarding Honorary Degrees since it was founded in 1964.

Honorary Degrees are awarded to people with a recognised international standing in their field, and to those who have given special service in connection with the University or its regions.

  • 2010s
    Honorary graduates from the 2010s
    NameDegree awardedYear
    Professor Sir Steven Cowley FRS FREng DSc (Honoris Causa) 2019
    Dr Frannie Léautier LLD (Honoris Causa) 2019
    Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi                DSc (Honoris Causa) 2019
    Andy Serkis DLitt (Honoris Causa)  2019
    Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE   DSc (Honoris Causa)  2018
    Edward Sagar Fort OBE LLD (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Bryan Gray CBE DL LLD (Honoris Causa) 2018
    The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond LLD (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Lindsey Hilsum DLitt (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Barrie Rutter OBE DLitt (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Professor Phil Scraton LLD (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Professor Fusuo Zhang DSc (Honoris Causa) 2018
    Professor Miles Carroll DSc (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Dame Louise Casey DBE CB LLD (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Professor Richard Clegg DSc (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Professor Jacky Hayden CBE DSc (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Dame Barbara Monroe DBE DSc (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Professor Maureen Raymo DSc (Honoris Causa) 2017
    The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder LLD (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Dr Sarah Waters DLitt (Honoris Causa) 2017
    Mr Gian Fulgoni DSc (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Dr Mo Ibrahim DSc (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE LLD (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Tessa Ross CBE DLitt (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Professor Bernard Silverman FRS DSc (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Mr Stewart Wallis OBE LLD (Honoris Causa) 2016
    Intikhab Alam Khan LLD (Honoris Causa) 2015
    Professor Dieter Bimberg DSc (Honoris Causa) 2015
    Professor Roy Harrison OBE DSc (Honoris Causa) 2015
    Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS DSc (Honoris Causa) 2015
    Dr Hugh E Montgomery DSc (Honoris Causa) 2015

    SuAndi OBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2015

    Dr Gillian Tett DLitt (Honoris Causa) 2015
    Professor Scott Zeger DSc (Honoris Causa) 2015

    Carol Birch

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2014
    Professor Paul Boyle

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Professor Lynn Gladden CBE FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Ian McMillan

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Bruce Sewell

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Professor Paul Wellings CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Professor Zhang Jianhua

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2014

    Professor Clare Grey FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Professor Alexander Andreev

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Professor David Crystal OBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Professor Dame Sally Macintyre DBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Professor Maurice Maloney

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Professor Helga Nowotny

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Mr Simon Rogan

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2013

    Aaqil Ahmed

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Professor Philip Brown

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Mark Price

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Gillian Reynolds MBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Roger Wilson CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Dr Syed Muhammed Junaid Zaidi (S.I.)

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Professor Sir Brian Follett FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Professor Stewart Myers

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2012

    Jimmy Armfield CBE DL

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    The Rt Hon The Lord Smith of Finsbury PC

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Professor Lonnie Thompson

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Professor Ian R Cumming OBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Professor Yueguo Gu

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2011

    Dame Joan Bakewell DBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2010

    Edwin Booth DL

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2010

    Terry Hill

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2010

    Professor Averil Mansfield CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2010

    James May

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2010

    Professor Kang Shaozhong

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2010

  • 2000s
    Honorary graduates from the 2000s
    NameDegree awardedYear

    Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Professor W Brian Arthur

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell DBE FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Professor Sir Drummond Bone FRSA

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Mary Cadogan

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Fiona Chadwick

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Edward Milligan

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Kevin Roberts

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2009

    Professor Mary Barth

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Professor Dame Carol Black DBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Sir Christopher Frayling

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Gerardine Hemingway MBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Wayne Hemingway MBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Jane Horrocks

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Professor Noreen Murray CBE FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Miss Patricia Routledge CBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2008

    Josephine Farrington, Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Professor Matti Krusius

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Professor Steven Long

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Sir Thomas McKillop

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Narayana Murthy

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Michael Wood

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2007

    Professor Nicholas Abercrombie

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2006

    Professor Raymond Bradley

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2006

    Dr Michael Dexter

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2006

    Philip French

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2006

    Professor Edward Gregson

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    2006

    Brian Heron

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    Professor Sir John Krebs

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    Clive Lloyd CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    Professor Robert May, Lord May of Oxford

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    HRH Princess Alexandra KG, GCVO

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    The Rt Hon Lady Justice Smith DBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    Professor Robert Winston, Lord Winston of Hammersmith

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2005

    Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Professor Jagdish Bhagwati

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Professor David Lee

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Sir Ian McKellen

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Dr Ahdaf Soueif

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Dr David Starkey

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2004

    Antony Burgmans

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2003

    Stephen Cox CVO

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2003

    Professor William Ritchie OBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2003

    Gay Webb

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    2003

    Professor Michael Brennan

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    Professor Naifang Chen

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    Professor Constantine Evangelides

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    Gordon Inkster

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    David Martin

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    Edward Stobart

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2002

    Councillor Abbott Bryning

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    2001

    Satish Kumar

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2001

    Michael Berry

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Professor Peter Dornan

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Professor Jaroslav Krejci

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Alan Milburn

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Jason Queally

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Professor Stephen Sparks

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    2000

    Mr Charles Wilson

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    2000

  • 1990s
    Honorary graduates from the 1990s
    NameDegree awardedYear

    Michael Brearley

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    Professor Hugh Pennington

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    Yan Pascal Tortelier

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    Professor Martin Trow

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    Tom Watkinson

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1999

    Professor Anthony Bradshaw FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Tony Cann CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Dr James Dearden

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Professor Henry Mintzberg

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Joss Naylor MBE

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Hon Mrs Elizabeth Robins

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1998

    Mary Burkett OBE

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    Professor Marilyn Butler FBA

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    Colin Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    William Pearson

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    Stephen Rubin

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    Dr Tan Sri Datuk Zahid

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1997

    Cedric Robinson MBE

    MSc (Honoris Causa)

    1996

    The Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Blackburn CBE DL

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1996

    Father John Turner

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1996

    Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1996

    Denis Buczynski

    MSc (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    The Rt Hon the Lord Chorley

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    Professor Keith Clayton CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    Professor Harry Hanham

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    Sir Martin Holdgate CB

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    Professor Ninian Smart

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1995

    Professor Sir Walter Bodmer FRS

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    The Most Rev the Rt Hon Lord Eames OM

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    Helena Kennedy QC, Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    Jeanne Moreau

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    Geoffrey Thompson OBE DL

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    Sir Simon Towneley KCVO DL

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1994

    Sir Adrian Cadbury

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1993

    Professor John Lawton

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1993

    Sir Cyril Smith MBE DL

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1993

    Sir David Tweedie

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1993

    Dr Robert Woof

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1993

    Sir Edward Downes

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    Joan Fitch

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    The Rt Revd Brian Foley

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    Hugh Howorth

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    Reginald Kaye

    MSc (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw DBE DL

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1992

    Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    Christopher Nolan

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    Derek Ratcliffe

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    Donald Smith

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    John Brian Statham CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1991

    Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg of Wigton

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Dame Thora Hird DBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Sir Henry Kerruish OBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Sir John Manduell CBE

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    William Meredith

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Sir Alastair Pilkington

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Professor Alexander Ross

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1990

    Sir Robert Somerville

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1990

  • 1980s
    Honorary graduates from the 1980s
    NameDegree awardedYear

    Richard Bamber

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Sister Aine Cox

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Frederick Dainton, Lord Dainton of Hallam Moors

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Sir Denis Forman

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Dr Hugh Pollard OBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Robert Smith

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    James Waddell

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    John Wilson

    MSc (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Victoria Wood CBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1989

    Professor Clement Bamford

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1988

    Sir Tom Finney

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1988

    Professor John Jeffers

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1988

    Sir Ronald Halstead CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1987

    Professor Maurice Levy

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1987

    Professor Derek Whiteside

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1987

    John Boyce

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Arthur Gray

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Professor Derek Roberts CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Mario Soares

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Thomas Stephenson

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Professor Austin Woolrych

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1986

    Professor Philip Reynolds

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1985

    Robert Fisk

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1984

    Nelson Mandela

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1984

    Dorothy Marshall

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1984

    Norman Nicholson

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1984

    Dame Janet Baker DBE

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1983

    Sir Christian Bonington CVO CBE DL

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1983

    Dr Peter Scott CBE

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1983

    Professor Kenneth Boulding

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1982

    Archibald Brockway, Baron Brockway

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1982

    Henry Moore

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1982

    Sir Roger Fulford

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1980

    William Opher

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1980

    Patricia Seed

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1980

  • 1970s
    Honorary graduates from the 1970s
    NameDegree awardedYear

    Professor Sir Charles Carter

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1979

    Reginald France

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1979

    Anthony Greenwood, Baron Greenwood of Rossendale

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1979

    Professor Irene Manton

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1979

    John Bartholomew

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Dr Jacob Dominian MBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Professor Frederick Lawson

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Sir Ronald Leach

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Carlile Macartney

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Stanley Shorrock

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Sir Michael Tippett

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1977

    Professor Sir John Baker

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1976

    Professor Wassily Leontief

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1976

    Magnus Pyke

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1976

    Sir Frederick Ralphs

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1976

    Professor Mircea Eliade

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    Witold Lutoslawski

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    HIH Prince Takafuto Mikasa

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    Revd Professor Edward Parrinder

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    Professor Marcel Simon

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    HIH Prince Mikasa-no-Miya Takahito Shinno

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1975

    John Drinkall

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    John Gee

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Harry Gregson

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Sir Maurice Kendall

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Arnold Lindley

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Sir Patrick Moore CBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Frederick Turner

    MA (Honoris Causa)

    1974

    Jean-Louis Barrault

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1972

    Most Revd Trevor Huddleston

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1972

    Professor Cornelius Lanczos

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1972

    Edward Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1972

    Sir Peter Ustinov CBE

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1972

    Sir Arthur Bliss

    DMus (Honoris Causa)

    1970

    Mark Cameron

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1970

    Gabriel Epstein

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1970

    Professor William Mackenzie

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1970

    The Rt Hon George Woodcock

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1970

    Professor Robert Zaehner

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1970

  • 1960s
    Honorary graduates from the 1960s
    NameDegree awardedYear

    Professor Harold Godwin

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1968

    Professor Sir Neville Mott

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1968

    Professor Ronald Norrish

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1968

    Professor Ota Sik

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1968

    Professor Sir Russell Ackhoff

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Donald Coggan

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    Professor Dame Kathleen Lonsdale DBE

    DSc (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    The Rt Hon Lord Morris of Grasmere

    DLitt (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    Arthur Peel, 2nd Earl Peel

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    The Rt Hon Lord Stokes of Leyland

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1967

    Sir Alfred Bates

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1964

    Katharine Fletcher

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1964

    Sir Noel Hall

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1964

    Field Marshall William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1964

    James Harold Wilson, The Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Rievaulx

    LLD (Honoris Causa)

    1964