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Honorary Awards

During graduation ceremonies the University may confer honorary degrees on persons who:

  • have made major contribution to the work of the University either by personal service or by other means; or 
  • have made a major contribution to activities more widely associated with education, business, industry, public service, sport, culture or the arts; or 
  • will enhance the status of the University and demonstrate an outstanding contribution in their chosen field; or
  • will be a role model to UWS graduates and has the potential to act as an ambassador for the University. 

Nominations

Nominations for honorary awards are considered by the University’s Honorary Awards Committee against the award criteria.  The Committee can decide to confer one of two awards:

Doctor of the University (DUniv)

The DUniv is awarded to persons of high distinction who have earned national / international recognition and standing in their field or activities within education, industry, public service, sport, culture or the arts.  Recognising the person’s exceptional and outstanding contribution to the development of the University over a prolonged period; or the nominee’s national / international excellence in an area relevant to the University.  

Master of the University (MUniv)

The MUniv is awarded to persons who have made a major contribution to the region or within a specific area of the University.

Recent Honorary Award Recipients

Alasdair Malloy

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 12th July 2017, at a ceremony in the Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley, in recognition of Alasdair Malloy's exceptional career as a classical percussionist and his outstanding contribution and commitment to music education.

Trevor Sorbie MBE

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Tuesday 11th July 2017, at a ceremony in the Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley, in recognition of Trevor Sorbie’s contribution to business and entrepreneurship and his tireless charity work in supporting people through medical hair loss.

Graham Peterkin

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 7th July 2017, at a ceremony in the Troon Town Hall, in recognition of Graham Peterkin’s service and commitment to the University and his outstanding contribution to public life in Ayrshire and the West of Scotland.

Professor Henry Giroux

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Tuesday 4th July 2017, at a ceremony in the Town House Hamilton, in recognition of Professor Giroux’s exceptional career as one of the world’s most influential cultural theorists.

Corinne Hutton

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 17th November 2016, at a ceremony in the Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley, in recognition of Corinne Hutton’s tireless charity work and her commitment to supporting people affected by amputation or limb difference.

Ian Welsh OBE

The honorary degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 8th November 2016, at a ceremony in the Ayr Town Hall, in recognition of Ian Welsh’s contribution to public life in the West of Scotland, his unstinting efforts to improve health and social care, and his service and commitment to the University.

Last updated: 16/08/2017