The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 27 November 2015 in recognition of Alexander McCall Smith's outstanding contribution to literature.
Alexander McCall Smith CBE is a distinguished medical ethicist and remains an Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh. A best-selling author of works such as the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, The Forever Girl and Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party. Alexander McCall Smith helped found the Really Terrible Orchestra of Edinburgh and he inspired and guided the making of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.
Laura Dunlop QC
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 27 November 2015 in recognition of Laura Dunlop's outstanding contribution to the support of vulnerable people in Scotland through the practice of law, and as an outstanding model for our female students of what a woman can contribute and achieve in public life in Scotland.
Laura Dunlop QC was called to the Bar in 1989 and awarded Silk in 2002. While at the Bar she has been involved in a number of Public Inquiries including the Inquiry into the massacre of school children at Dunblane. Most recently, she has been senior counsel to the Penrose Inquiry. Laura Dunlop has held a Ministerial appointment (from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice) as Commissioner to the Scottish Law Commission since November 2009.
Dato' Dr Jannie Chan Siew Lee
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 15 October 2015 in recognition of Dato' Dr Jannie Chan Siew Lee's outstanding contribution to retail and to business.
Madam Chan is the co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman of The Hour Glass, one of Asia’s premier luxury retail groups. She was a member of the Women’s Leadership Institute Board at Harvard University and was acknowledged as one of the 50 leading women entrepreneurs of the world in 1997. In 2012 she received the World Chinese Economic Forum Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2003 was conferred the Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang.
Mr Kevin Clarke
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 25 June 2015 in recognition of Kevin Clarke's outstanding contribution to the University of Stirling and to the Scottish and United Kingdom Higher Education sector.
After graduating from University of Stirling in 1974, Kevin Clarke moved into academic administration, returning to Stirling in 1995 as University Secretary. Dedicated to the promotion of opportunities created from independent universities, he developed a strong, integrated team of professional services to support the success and development of the University. His expertise has been acknowledged across higher education and he has served on the national stage in several sector organisations and roles. Kevin was Deputy Chair of the Association of Heads of University Administration, and a member of their Executive Committee. Kevin has made a number of distance cycle rides, raising significant amounts for charity.
Ms Sally Magnusson
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 25 June 2015 in recognition of Sally Magnusson's' outstanding contribution to Scottish life and her support of the Dementia Services Development Centre of the University of Stirling.
Sally Magnusson is one of the best known names in British journalism. She began at The Scotsman, going on to host BBC Breakfast. She has presented a variety of programmes in television and radio. She anchors BBC Reporting Scotland, and presents Songs of Praise. In 2012, Sally launched the University’s virtual dementia care home, announcing at the same time that her mother was suffering from dementia. Her bestselling memoir about her mother has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of the condition. Sally founded Playlist for Life - a charity which encourages personalised music for people with dementia to help them reconnect with their memories.
Mr John Byrne
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 24 June 2015 in recognition of John Byrne's great distinction in the arts.
John Byrne began as an illustrator, designing jackets for Penguin Books, and creating album covers for musicians such as The Beatles. He wrote and produced several plays to great acclaim, and his work in theatre and TV drama has been widely praised. His TV drama, the multi-BAFTA award-winning Tutti Frutti helped launch the careers of Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane. John’s numerous highly regarded portraits are held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and many other public and private collections. He was commissioned to redesign the ceiling of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh and created a beautiful new public artwork.
Sir John Elvidge
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 24 June 2015 in recognition of Sir John Elvidge's outstanding contribution to the modernisation of public services during a period of unprecedented constitutional change in Scotland.
Sir John Elvidge joined the Scottish Office in 1973. In 2003 he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Executive. In the early days of devolution, he helped Ministers to sustain a stable, effective government despite the challenges facing a minority governing party with no coalition agreement from May 2007. He helped to redefine the relationship between central and local government by creating greater freedom of local action within an agreed national framework. Sir John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Carnegie Trust. He was created a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB) in June 2006.
Mr Paul Dumbleton
The degree of Master of Arts was conferred on Friday 21 November 2014 in recognition of Paul Dumbleton's outstanding contribution to charitable organisations in Stirling and Scotland.
An alumnus of the University, Paul Dumbleton worked locally as a teacher in further education, focusing on the support and development of new opportunities for disabled children and young adults. He became involved with PLUS, a Stirling charity for young people with disabilities, and took on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2002. He led the growth of the service by obtaining significant, regular funding from Stirling Council and from a wide range of charitable foundations. Despite retiring in 2012, he continues to work as a board member of The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and council member of The Scottish Social Services Council.
Dame Mary Perkins
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 21 November 2014 in recognition of Mary Perkins' outstanding contribution to retailing and championing the role of women in business.
Born in Bristol, Mary Perkins attended Cardiff University where she trained as an optometrist. In 1984, she and her husband went on to found Specsavers which is now the largest privately owned optical retailer in the world with a turnover estimated at £1.9 billion and with over 1,700 outlets in ten countries. In 2008, Dame Mary became a Patron of Everywoman, which champions women in business and she is an honorary chartered director of the Institute of Directors. She was appointed as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 and in 2013 was identified as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Mr Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 31 October 2014 in recognition of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow's outstanding work as a humanitarian and for his belief in the value of education as the means to reducing and eliminating child poverty.
Raised in Argyll, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow worked as a salmon farmer until 1992, when he and his brother Fergus decided to organise a one-off charitable appeal for blankets and food. The project was an unexpected success and led Magnus to register it as a charity. The charity continued to expand and began to focus its energies on a new vision: to provide one meal each school day to chronically hungry children in developing countries. Mary's Meals is now a major charity that provides meals to almost one million impoverished children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was awarded the OBE in 2011.
Professor Faith Gibson
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 31 October 2014 in recognition of Faith Gibson's outstanding contribution to social work and dementia care.
Faith Gibson's early career was in the child care field, but her interests soon extended to dementia care and reminiscence theory and practice. Professor Gibson has worked with Professor Mary Marshall, founding director of the University of Stirling’s dementia centre, and with partners in Northern Ireland to establish the first Dementia Services Development Centre there in 2007. Professor Gibson is also the founder member and president of the Reminiscence Network of Northern Ireland, a movement which is recognised internationally for its techniques which enhance the lives of those with dementia and their carers. She was awarded the OBE in 1987.
Mr Terry O'Connor
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 15 August 2014 in recognition of Terry O'Connor's outstanding contribution to retailing and British business in Singapore.
Originally from Liverpool, Terry O’Connor began work in the British retail sector before moving to Singapore in 1993 as Director of Electrical Buying for Courts. He rose through various roles before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Courts Asia in 2007, the largest electronics, IT and furniture retailer in South East Asia. In the 1990s, Terry O’Connor returned to education and successfully completed the MBA in Retailing by distance learning at the University of Stirling. He is also widely involved in charitable work and in 2013, he was appointed to the National Youth Achievement Award Advisory Board by the Singapore Ministry of Education.
Mr Andy Murray OBE
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 23 April 2014 in recognition of Andy Murray's outstanding contribution to tennis.
From nearby Dunblane, Andy Murray trained in his youth at the University of Stirling's National Tennis Centre before moving to Spain to develop his game. Andy Murray turned professional in 2005 and broke into the senior top 100 later that year, claiming his first ATP title in 2006. In 2009 he attained the world number 2 ranking and that year became the first British winner at Queen’s since 1938. In 2012, he secured the Gold Medal at the London Olympics Final and in 2013 ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon singles champion. In 2013 he was awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the Order of the British Empire.
Dr Charles Jencks
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 25 June 2014 in recognition of Charles Jencks' outstanding contribution to modern Scottish architecture and sculpture, and for his co-founding of the Maggie’s Centres for cancer sufferers.
An American by birth, Charles Jencks gained his doctorate in Architectural History. His life’s work occupies a unique niche in 'cosomogenic art', but he is also a prolific author and lecturer, analysing trends in architecture at a global level. He first came to prominence in Scotland with his 'Landform' sculpture at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, but his name is also synonymous with the Maggie’s Centres for cancer care.
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The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 25 June 2014 in recognition of Mark Cousins' outstanding contribution to Scottish cinematic culture and the reception of global cinemas across Scotland.
A graduate of the University of Stirling, Mark Cousins is a leading contemporary film-maker, prolific author on film and film-making, and former programmer and director of the Edinburgh Film Festival. His award-winning movie The Story of Film: An Odyssey recounts the history of global cinema through cinematic innovation and was screened globally. Mark Cousins also maintains clear links with Scotland and with Scottish film-making and cinema and jointly launched the 8½ Foundation, a Scottish not-for-profit organisation which created a new movie birthday for children in Scotland and was dedicated to introducing world cinema to children.
Sir Craig Reedie
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 26 June 2014 in recognition of Sir Craig's outstanding contribution to sport and the Olympics.
As a sportsman, Sir Craig gained success playing badminton from 1962 to 1970, culminating in success as a doubles champion. Craig Reedie then turned his efforts towards sports administration, and served as President of the International Badminton Federation and Chairman of the British Olympic Association. In recognition of his achievements, he was knighted on retiring in 2005. Sir Craig joined the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and served on the London 2012 Organising Committee. In 2009 he was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board and then as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and from 2014, has been President of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 26 June 2014 in recognition of Melanie Reid's outstanding contribution to journalism, to disability rights and awareness, and for her inspirational example of human resilience and dignity.
A columnist for The Times, in 2010 Melanie Reid suffered a devastating horse-riding accident which transformed her from an active woman to paralysis and confinement to bed and hospital. Since then, she has recorded the slow process of rehabilitation and partial recovery in weekly columns in the Saturday Times. Headed 'Spinal Column', these pieces are remarkable examples of contemporary journalism and in March 2011 Ms Reid was named Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards. The columns convey the experiences of a tetraplegic in our community, offering able-bodied and disabled readers an invaluable perspective on life.
Right Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 22 November 2013 in recognition of Dame Elish's outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system in Scotland and for her commitment to assisting vulnerable victims of crime.
A native of Glasgow, Elish Angiolini studied Law at the University of Strathclyde then trained as a Procurator Fiscal. Following her role as Senior Depute Procurator Fiscal, she was appointed Head of Policy in the Crown Office in 1997. In 2001 she was installed as Solicitor General for Scotland - the first solicitor, Procurator Fiscal and woman to be appointed to that post - and was installed as Lord Advocate in 2006. She has appeared as a Law Officer in some of the most significant Scottish legal issues in recent years and has provided legal advice to government on a wide range of issues.
Dr Taeko Seki
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 22 November 2013 in recognition of Dr Seki's outstanding services to the University of Stirling and to fostering links between Scotland and Japan.
A lecturer in English Language Education in several Japanese universities, Taeko Seki graduated from the University of Stirling in 1994 with a Master’s degree in Education and in 2004 with a Doctorate on Education. Dr Seki is a tireless and enthusiastic ambassador for the University. She established the Taeko Seki Overseas Scholarship programme, designed to assist Japanese students studying at Stirling, and heads the Japanese Alumni Association of the University and the Japan Scotland Association. She was appointed by the Scottish Government as the first female GlobalScot.
Dr Judy Murray
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 22 November 2013 in recognition of Judy Murray's outstanding contribution to sport and international tennis, to fostering sporting excellence in young people, and for her work with cancer care.
A local girl from Bridge of Allan, Judy Murray was a talented school tennis player, winning 64 junior and senior titles in Scottish tennis. As an adult, she once more became involved in tennis and worked as Scottish National Tennis Coach between 1995 and 2004. Judy Murray was appointed captain of the Great Britain Federation Cup team in December 2011 and is leading the drive to increase the number of female tennis coaches. Her current goals include the establishment of training centres to develop tennis players and coaches of the future in Scotland and the creation of a new tennis centre.
Sheikh Dr Ahmed Abdullah Al Ghazali
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 26 June 2013 in recognition of Dr Al Ghazali's outstanding contribution to education in Oman.
Dr Al Ghazali is one of Oman's leading figures and the Chairman and founder of Muscat College, one of the most highly regarded colleges in the region. A visionary and a leader in education, he has established and shaped the renaissance of modern Oman. He established the first school for girls on Oman's islands and the first educational supervision offices in the cities of Sohar and Sur. He was appointed to a series of government posts including Minister of Education, during which time he created regulations for governing schools and established a teacher training institute.
Dame Judi Dench
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 26 June 2013 in recognition of Dame Judi's outstanding contribution to the Arts, and acknowledges the important role she has played in highlighting dementia.
One of Britain’s most well-loved stars of film, theatre and television, Judi Dench began her career on stage, moved into television in A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By, and in film with roles in Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Mrs Henderson Presents and Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown. Since 1995 she has starred as ‘M’ in the James Bond films and her many awards include eleven BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. Dame Judi has supported the representation of dementia through her Bafta-winning film Iris and through her campaign to improve the care of older people in our society.
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 27 June 2013 in recognition of Iain Macdonald's outstanding contribution to the international co-operative movement.
Iain Macdonald's early career was spent in London where he became a Trade Union, Labour and co-operative activist. On his return to Scotland he joined the Co-operative Union and rose to become Director-General of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in 2002. Iain Macdonald raised the profile of the co-operative business model, working to resolve some of the world’s economic and social problems. Since leaving the ICA in 2010, Iain Macdonald has worked as a co-operative consultant, a board member of Co-operative Development Scotland and the New Lanark Trust.
Professor James Smith
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 27 June 2013 in recognition of Professor Smith's outstanding contribution to our understanding of economic and health issues associated with ageing.
Professor Smith is one of the world’s leading scholars in the area of ageing and a key contributor to the establishment of a worldwide network of longitudinal surveys of ageing, bringing together economics with other disciplines to help understand the challenges facing an ageing world population. For over twenty years he has led the RAND Labor and Population division, one of the main centres of ageing research, and has twice received the National Institutes of Health Merit Award. In 2011, Professor Smith was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 27 June 2013 in recognition of Gordon Buchanan's outstanding services to conservation and wildlife filmmaking.
Originally from the Isle of Mull, Gordon Buchanan’s career in filmmaking began in Sierra Leone, Venezuela and Brazil, where he helped document indigenous peoples and the spectacular animals of the regions. He was a major contributor to the 2004 ‘Big Cat Diary’ series and helped to capture sensational footage of leopards. He also continues to work in Scotland, filming foxes in Glasgow for Springwatch and Autumnwatch, and eagles on Mull. He has also made his name as a presenter and in 2012 he was given a Royal Television society award for his presenting work on The Bear Family and Me.
Senator Feargal Quinn
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 23 November 2012 in recognition of Feargal Quinn's outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship, business and management.
A successful businessman, Feargal Quinn established the Superquinn supermarket chain in Ireland and went on to become the executive chairman of a chain of over 20 supermarkets, building a reputation for innovation and a high level of customer care. He is a popular trouble-shooter and his bestselling book Crowning the Customer is used by multi-national companies as an essential guide to customer care. In 1993, he was elected as Senator to the Seanad Eireann - the Irish Parliament - and he currently serves on the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Ms Jean King
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 23 November 2012 in recognition of Jean King's outstanding contribution to the research output of the University of Stirling and world-wide cancer prevention.
As the Director of Tobacco Control at Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Jean King has played a lead role in controlling tobacco use. She has developed the Code of Practice on Tobacco Industry Funding for Research, and has driven forward an international agenda to build a coherent response to the toll from tobacco use across national boundaries, including the establishment of the EU Smokefree Partnership that advocates for effective tobacco control. Within the UK, Jean was involved in the advertising ban campaign in the 1990s and, more recently, has worked to achieve comprehensive smokefree legislation.
Dr Ranee Jayamaha
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 23 November 2012 in recognition of Ranee Jayamaha's distinguished contribution to central banking in Sri Lanka and internationally.
Ranee Jayamaha was awarded MSc in Economics from the University of Stirling in the early 1970s and went on to develop a distinguished career in banking in Sri Lanka. She worked in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and was then appointed Chairperson of Hatton National Bank, known as the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka. She is an advisor to the President of Sri Lanka and has successfully improved the efficiency of the country's financial system. Through her work, many Sri Lankans have access to banking services for the first time.
Dr Winifred Margaret Ewing
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred in absentia on Friday 2 November 2012 in recognition of Winifred Ewing's outstanding contribution to politics and her role as a model for women in public life.
'Winnie' Ewing is one of the most influential Scots of her generation, and an iconic figure of Scottish politics. She graduated in law from the University of Glasgow and practiced as a solicitor before setting up her own independent practice. As a student, she became active in the Nationalists’ Association and came to prominence in 1967 when she won the watershed Hamilton by-election. She later served as an MEP and then as an MSP at the first session of the re-convened Scottish Parliament. In 2005, she stepped down as President of the SNP, bringing to an end her 38 year career in politics.
Mr Chan Lee Mun
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 7 September 2012 in recognition of Chan Lee Mun's outstanding support, engagement and leadership with respect to the University of Stirling's transnational operations in Singapore.
Chan Lee Mun helped to found Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) in 1992 and served in a number of roles before being appointed Deputy Principal in 1998 and Principal and CEO in 2007. Under his leadership, NYP has received many prestigious awards including the Singapore Quality Award. In 2008, an international collaborative partnership agreement was signed between the University of Stirling and Nanyang Polytechnic. Mr Chan's support and guidance have been central to the success of this initiative and has ensured that the University of Stirling is acknowledged as a leading provider of higher education in Singapore.
The Right Honourable the Baroness Greengross of Notting Hill OBE
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 27 June 2012 in recognition of Lady Greengross' campaigning work in the field of ageing and dementia.
Sally Greengross is an international figure in the field of ageing and dementia and has held key roles including Director General of Age Concern England and Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK and Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is globally renowned for her work in social gerontology and was among the first to recognise the need to utilise the skills, experience and energy of active older generations. In 2000, Lady Greengross was appointed as a crossbench member of the House of Lords.
The Right Honourable the Lord Davidson of Glen Clova
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Wednesday 27 June 2012 in recognition of Lord Davidson's outstanding contribution to Scots Law and Public Affairs.
Neil Davidson is one of the University of Stirling’s most distinguished graduates and public servants, having graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Lord Davidson is now one of the leading Scots lawyers of his generation and has served in both the Scottish and UK Governments as Solicitor General for Scotland and Advocate General for Scotland respectively. In 2006, he was elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer with the title Baron Davidson of Glen Clova.
Graeme Simmers CBE
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 28 June in recognition of Graeme Simmers' outstanding contribution to the University as a lay member of University Court.
A Chartered Accountant by trade and a former Chairman of the Scottish Highland Hotels Group, Graeme Simmers has excelled in areas as diverse as Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council, Non-Executive Director of Forth Valley Health Board and Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. He served on the University Court until July 2010 and Chaired the key Audit Committee. He brought great leadership, an assiduous attention to detail and wise counsel to these roles.
Professor Christine Hallett
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Thursday 28 June 2012 in recognition of Christine Hallett's outstanding contribution to the development and re-shaping of the University of Stirling.
An international expert in the field of social policy, Professor Hallett’s insights and analysis of our social welfare systems remain highly influential, and her work on child welfare and protection is regarded as ground-breaking, laying the foundations for today’s good practice in child protection.
Following various roles in the University, Christine Hallett was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor in 2004 – the first woman to be appointed as Principal of a pre-1992 Scottish university. Under her leadership, the University of Stirling thrived and, in her final year as Principal, the University of Stirling achieved the accolade of 'Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year.'
Professor Donald Worster
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 25 November 2011 in recognition of Donald Worster's outstanding contribution to the field of Global Environmental History.
In the area of Environmental History, there are few figures who command greater respect than Professor Worster, who is widely regarded as one of the founding figures of the modern subject, playing a central part in establishing the subject as a credible academic discipline. His latest book 'A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir,' won the Homecoming Award for 2009 given by the Saltire Society at the National Library of Scotland.
Dr Robert Steedman
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 25 November 2011 in recognition of Robert Steedman's outstanding contribution to architecture and design in Scotland, including his contribution to the University of Stirling’s campus, Principal’s House and staff residences.
Robert Steedman founded his architectural practice Morris and Steedman in 1958 and their work was lauded for its wide range of innovative buildings and sensitive landscape designs. Dr Steedman is regarded as having fought, and won, acceptance for modern architecture in Scotland and his design for the Principal's residence at the University of Stirling has been described as one of the best examples of 1960s modern domestic architecture in Scotland.
William Ross Culbard
The degree of Master of Arts was conferred on Friday 4 November 2011 in recognition of Bill Culbard's long commitment to the University and in particular to the Cancer Care Research Centre’s work on patient experience and involvement.
Bill Culbard was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer over 10 years ago, but survived this poor prognosis to turn his energies to improving the care of people affected by cancer. He has tirelessly supported the activities of the University’s Cancer Care Research Centre (CCRC), volunteering his time as a co-researcher and patient advisor, and has helped the University of Stirling position itself at the forefront of cancer research in Scotland.
Professor Karl Butzer
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 29 June 2011 in recognition of Karl Butzer's outstanding contribution to geomorphology, archaeology and environmental history.
Karl Butzer is the Dickson Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, Austin and a distinguished scholar in the field of Geoarchaeology and Environmental History.
In his early career he focused on modelling the paleoecology of early humans and since 2000, he has re-examined past understandings of the lives of people in ancient Egypt and in Mexico, and developed methods to examine the impact of climate change in these regions.
Sir Alex Ferguson
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 29 June 2011 in recognition of Alex Ferguson's great distinction in the field of sport.
Sir Alex is the most successful manager in British football history having managed Aberdeen, Scotland and Manchester United. As manager of Aberdeen Football Club from 1978 to 1986, he famously lifted the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983. Then, in 1986, he moved south as manager of Manchester United. Sir Alex’s greatest achievement so far came in 1998/99, by winning the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor in 1999.
Professor Ian Aitken OBE
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 30 June 2011 in recognition of Ian Aitken's outstanding service to the University as a lay member of University Court.
Professor Aitken was an animal health and welfare scientist as Head of the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh from 1985 to 1997. Under his stewardship, the Institute developed into a multi-million pound leader with an international reputation.
After his retirement, he served as a lay member of the University Court from 2001 to 2009, participating in key committees and earning a reputation as an ideal lay member: wise, experienced and knowledgeable.
The Rt Hon Lord McFall of Alcluith
The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 30 June 2011 in recognition of John McFall's outstanding contribution to the UK Parliament.
John McFall began his career as a school teacher in the Glasgow area before being elected as MP for Dumbarton in 1987. In government, he served as a Government Whip and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office before being elected Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee in 2001.
Lord McFall led the Committee as they played a key role in the recent banking crisis and in planning to prevent future crises.