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Honorary Doctorates

Coventry University Group is proud to confer honorary degrees at our graduation ceremonies.

Through the awarding of an honorary degree, we recognise the incredible contributions made by distinguished individuals in the worlds of academia, business, science, public service and the arts.

Featured Honorary Doctorates | 2009 – Present

2019

  • Carol Burke CBE
  • Richard Stanton MBE
  • HRH Princess Dana Firas

2018

  • Alan Ayckbourn CBE
  • Alan Rusbridger
  • Neelam Gill

2017

  • Delia Derbyshire (Awarded posthumously)
  • Jack Monroe
  • Liv Garfield CBE

2016

  • Gerry McGovern OBE
  • Ian Callum
  • Pauline Black

2014

  • Archbishop Justin Welby
  • Justin King CBE
  • Ken Loach

2013

  • HRH Princess Rym Ali
  • Tony Iommi

2012

  • Spencer Kelly

2011

  • Ian Bell MBE

2010

  • Dr Andrew Palmer CMG
  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh KBE

2009

  • Mr Evan Davis

Full list of Coventry University Honorary Graduates

  • 2023

    • Anna Meredith MBE
    • Charles Ashton
    • James Grant CBE
    • Maxie Hayles MBE
    • Sean McGovern
    • Rob Behrens CBE
    • Daljit Athwal
    • David Wright
    • Jane Goodyer
    • John Witcombe
    • Lynval Golding
    • Sophie Chandauka MBE
    • Maggie Alphonsi MBE
    • Anne Trefethen
    • Arun Kang OBE
    • Ashley Cain
    • Safiyya Vorajee
    • Donna Hodges
    • Jane Hijtch
    • Keith Piper
    • Beverley Harden MBE

    2022

    • Andy Hardy
    • Mindu Hornick
    • Ahmad Nawaz
    • Fiona Burton
    • Glen Burley
    • Sharon Binyon
    • James Shera
    • Miguel Moratinos
    • Emma Sky
    • Ravi Pandit
    • Tony Croft
    • Martin Reeves
    • Simon Gilby
    • Nina Morgan
    • Catherine Free
    • Melanie Coombes
    • Penelope Wilton
    • Daniel Kidane
    • Obaro Ejimiwe
    • Thomas Ilube
    • Mark Docherty
    • Sarah Perry
    • Kevin Fenton

    2021

    • Anne-Marie Osawemwenze Ore-Ofe Imafidon
    • George Wagstaffe
    • Frank Mills
    • Mike Williams
    • Elaine Yates
    • Darren Rodwell
    • Priya Lakhani
    • Eileen Sills
    • Prita Kemal Gani
    • Mohamed Al Assam
    • Salim Al Malik
    • Bruce Kent
    • Michael Keehan
    • David Thomas
    • Joanna Thomas
    • Gez Marlow
    • Nitin Sawhney
    • Jane Nickerson
    • Shirley Thompson
  • 2019

    • Kiran Patel
    • Richard Stanton MBE
    • James Dillon
    • Peter Blomqvist
    • K.N.S Acharya
    • Steven Jackson-Winter
    • Elizabeth Issacs QC
    • Princess Dana Firas
    • Carol Burke CBE
    • Ruth May
    • David Moorcroft OBE
    • Ad Melkert

    2018

    • Alan Ayckbourn
    • Peter Ward
    • Lynn Bowles
    • Lisheng Wang
    • Chris Clark
    • Alan Rusbridger
    • Raymond Chan
    • Rona Epstein
    • Neelam Gill
    • Paul Martynenko
    • Ruth McKernan CBE

    2017

    • Terry McDonald
    • Mark Boleat
    • Hugh Conway
    • Maghanbhai Patel
    • Pete Chambers BEM
    • Delia Derbyshire
    • Irina Bokova
    • Ali Ghufron Mukti
    • Gavin Kibble
    • Carmel McCalmont
    • Ashley Tait
    • Liv Garfield
    • Paul Marsh
    • Alan Malik
    • Jack Monroe
    • Jonathan Browning
    • Peter Laybourn

    2016

    • Gerry McGovern
    • George Gillespie OBE
    • Ian Callum
    • Wim De Villiers
    • Alan Coley
    • Pauline Black
    • Ahmed Al Hanandeh
    • Aliko Dangote
    • Gary Beckwith
    • Joseph Greenwell CBE

    2015

    • Abdul Karim Al-Kabariti
    • Jonnie (Edward Jonathan) Turpie MBE
    • Rifat Chadirji
    • Simon Davies
    • Arend Lijphart
    • Christopher Townsend
    • Abulfas Garayev
    • Zhong Weihe
    • Tan Chik Heok
    • David Burbidge OBE DL

    2014

    • Siobhan Davies CBE
    • Ken Loach
    • Stephen Sutton
    • Lisa Bayliss-Pratt
    • Phil Loach
    • Jimmy Doherty
    • David Harding
    • Roger Medwell
    • Justin King CBE
    • Barrie Price
    • Justin Welby
    • Jo Da Silva
    • Bertin Nahum

    2013

    • George Shaw
    • Frances Sorrell
    • Tony Iommi
    • Michael Rundell
    • Celia Fitzhugh
    • Princess Rym Ali

    2012

    • Simon King
    • Viv Bennett
    • George Marsh
    • Angus Russell
    • Spencer Kelly
    • Gary Chapman
    • Srikantan Moorthy
    • Laurie McIlwee
    • Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece of Highbury OBE
    • Suki Thompson

    2011

    • Malcolm (John) Aldridge
    • Michael J Baunton CBE
    • Ian Bell MBE
    • Ralf Bernard CBE
    • Filippo Grandi
    • Una O'Brien
    • Otto Lok-to Poon OBE BBS
    • Chris P Price

    2010

    • Nick Fell
    • Andrew Kwan-Yuen Leung
    • Andrew Palmer
    • Steven Hoggett
    • David Phillips QPM BA
    • John S Graham OBE
    • Vibert Cornwall
    • Bruce Keogh KBE
  • 2009

    • Evan Davis
    • Majid Alsadi
    • Martin Raymond
    • David P Richards CBE

    2008

    • Douglas Chamberlain CBE MD FRCP
    • Philip Oliver
    • Andrew Oliver
    • Darra Singh OBE
    • Sarah Tremellen MBE
    • Kevin Warwick
    • Henry Plumb DL

    2007

    • Eberhard Burger
    • Atta-ur-Rahman FRS
    • Paul Thompson
    • Sir Derek Wanless
    • Elnora Ferguson

    2006

    • Malcolm Hazell
    • M Jayaram
    • David Shortland
    • Kenneth Schafer
    • Norma Brook

    2005

    • Qian Chengdan
    • Xu Fuming
    • Courtenay Griffiths
    • Jan Krysinski
    • Richard MacCormac
    • Laurence Tennant
    • Perween Warsi
    • Jerry Dammers

    2004

    • Micheal Goldstein CBE
    • Bhanumati Dabhi
    • Ken Giles
    • John McGuigan
    • Elizabeth Millett

    2003

    • Glynne Bowsher
    • Marlon Devonish
    • Robert Dover
    • George Marsh
    • Charles Morgan
    • Claire Short
    • John Towers
    • Michael Goldstein

    2002

    • Roger Faulkner
    • George Jackson
    • Pru Poretta
    • Pete Waterman
    • Brian Figaji
    • Richard Keys
    • Martin Ritchley
    • Tan Sing
    • Inderjit Singh

    2001

    • David Kershaw
    • Lynda Arlidge

    2000

    • William Martin
    • Philip Pargeter
    • Brian Ray
    • David Fussey
    • John Farley
  • 1999

    • Gerald Hanlon
    • Stuart Linnell
    • Beverley Nielsen
    • Richard Parham
    • Roger Pringle

    1998

    • Patrick McKinney
    • Richard Noble
    • Jevon Thorpe
    • David Thomas White
    • Marjorie Mowlam

    1997

    • John Barnes
    • Doris Butterworth
    • Judy Ledger
    • Steve Ogrizovic
    • Graham Suggett OBE
    • R Patrick Lister CBE

    1996

    • Christopher Clarke
    • Fred Coultas
    • Alan Jones
    • Jack Jones
    • John Petty
    • Mary Robinson
    • Joan Sinclair More

    1995

    • Geoffrey Hughes
    • Nicholas Scheele
    • Madeleine Sharp
    • Gordon Sked
    • Geoffrey Whalen

    1994

    • Andrew Davies
    • Sara Morrison
    • Peter Rossborough
    • Merrick Taylor

    1993

    1992

      • Mark Boleat
      • Anthony Gill
      • T Gregory
    • Michael Bishop
    • William Boughton
    • Maurice Foss
    • John Stoddart
    • Jenny Talbot

    1991

    • John Horlock
    • Canon Oestreicher

    1990

    • Margaret Backhouse
    • Helmut Strehl
    • L D Hills
  • 1989

    • William Palmer
    • Professor William Vinen

    1988

    • John Parnaby CBE
    • Patrick Lister

    1986

    • Len Grice
    • Edwin Kerr
    • David Moorcroft
    • Brian Redhead

    1985

    • Royston Axe
    • Peter Berry
    • Oriole Goldsmith
    • Peter Young

    1980

    • W Burcham

    1979

    • G Atkinson
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