Honorary degrees

The School of Advanced Study is entitled to nominate persons for conferment of a University of London honorary degree.Titles of degrees may be conferred honoris causa to persons of conspicuous merit, who are outstanding in their field, or who have given exceptional service to the University (Conferment of Degrees Honoris Causa). The nominations are considered by the University Collegiate Council.

View the University of London Regulations

The following have been awarded honorary degrees on the proposal of the School, the degree being conferred at the School’s annual Presentation of Graduates:

  • Patrick Hughes awarded Doctor of Science honoris causa in December 2014
  • Sir Stephen Laws awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa in December 2014
  • Heston Blumenthal awarded Doctor of Science honoris causa in December 2013
  • Dame Lynne Brindley awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2012
  • Rt Hon Professor Martin Rees awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2011
  • Louise Arbour awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa in December 2010
  • Professor Sir Brian Vickers awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2009
  • Professor Peter Marshall awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2008
  • Sir Geoffrey Bowman awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa in December 2007
  • Mrs Sarah Tyacke awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2006
  • Professor Robin Alston awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2005
  • Judge Baltasar Garzón Real awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa in December 2004
  • Professor Luce Irigaray awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2003
  • Sir Anthony Kenny awarded Doctor of Literature honoris causa in December 2002.

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