Honorary Graduates

The University of Stirling is proud and pleased to confer honorary degrees at our graduation ceremonies.

Through the awarding of an Honorary Degree, the University recognises the contribution made by distinguished individuals in the worlds of academia, business, politics, public service and the arts.

Honorary Graduands 2022

Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS

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Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS is a marine and polar scientist who was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and the Environment.

Professor Sir Ian Boyd FRS

Interview with Honorary Graduate Sir Ian Boyd

"I have three pieces of advice for graduates."

Catriona Matthew OBE

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Edinburgh-born golfer Catriona Matthew OBE joined the University of Stirling’s international sports scholarship programme in 1987 – becoming the first female to do so – and turned professional in 1995, having graduated in accountancy in 1992.

Catriona Matthew OBE

Interview with Honorary Graduate Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew talks about the links between golf and University of Stirling, and the highlights from her career.

Honorary Graduates 2019

Shelley Kerr MBE

Shelley Kerr talks about a university close to her heart, remembers her first day taking charge of a mens' team and gives advice to graduates starting their career.

Shelley Kerr

Alan Shearer CBE

Alan Shearer talks about his links with the University and its research into football heading risks, and has some useful advice for graduates.

Alan Shearer

James Jopling

James Jopling has worked and volunteered for charities for almost 25 years – tirelessly striving for a fairer society and positive mental wellbeing for all.

James Jopling

Hamish Hamilton

A double-BAFTA award winning director, Hamish Hamilton has produced and directed many of the biggest live shows on the planet – including the Oscars, MTV Video Music Awards, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Hamish Hamilton

Alison Brittain CBE

CEO of Whitbread plc, Alison Brittain CBE is one of the UK’s pre-eminent business leaders and influencers. She is one of just five female chief executives to be listed on the FTSE 100.

Alison Brittain CBE

Lilian Thuram

Lilian Thuram – who played for Barcelona, Juventus, Parma and Monaco during his illustrious club career – is the most-capped French footballer, with 142 appearances for the national team between 1994 and 2008.

Lilian Thuram

Pete Cheema OBE

Pete Cheema OBE has vast knowledge and experience of the retailing sector, having owned and managed a number of award-winning stores over the years.

Pete Cheema OBE

Professor John Dawson

As the leading scholar in the field of retail geography, Professor John Dawson worked as Professor of Distributive Studies at the University of Stirling – where he founded the Institute of Retail Studies – and later as the first Professor of Marketing at the University of Edinburgh, where he remained for two decades.

Professor John Dawson

Sam Heughan

Award-winning, Scots actor Sam Heughan has appeared in a host of television and film productions and is best-known for his role as Jamie Fraser in hit series Outlander. 

Sam Heughan

Our Honorary Graduate archive

Our extensive archive of Honorary Graduates goes back to 1968.

Archive