Honorary doctorates

In an annual gathering that attracts more than 22,000 visitors to the city and contributes £2.5 million to the local economy, last September’s graduation week saw many thousands of graduating students joined by the University’s honorary doctorates for 2014.

From the worlds of entertainment and sport, healthcare and tourism, charity and science, almost two-dozen leaders in their field were awarded honorary doctorates or sporting colours in recognition of their lifetime achievements.

Professor David Coslett, Interim Vice-Chancellor, said: 

“This is the seventh year we have hosted the graduation ceremony overlooking Plymouth Sound, surely one of the most spectacular events of its kind in the country. We look forward to welcoming our latest cohort of honorary doctors and sporting colours into our community, and joining with them in celebrating their achievements, and those of our graduating students.”

Some of our honorary graduates

  • Anita Lightstone - previously programme director of the UK Vision Strategy, former head of strategy at RNIB
    Honorary Doctorate of Health
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - Chef, writer, broadcaster and campaigner
    Honorary Doctorate of Business
  • Peter Vosper - Plymouth-born businessman,Chairman of the South West Ford Dealer Association
    Honorary Doctorate of Business
  • Sir Robin Knox-Johnston - Renowned English sailor 
    Honorary Doctorate of Science
  • Maria Leijerstam - Plymouth University mathematics graduate, company owner of Multisport Wales and podium-placed British Adventure Athlete 
    Sporting Colours
  • Trevor Francis - Footballer, manager and broadcaster
    Sporting Colours