The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 25 June 2008 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the arts.
Although born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Jonathan Mills has his roots in Scotland. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney, and his own award-winning compositions have been commissioned in Australia, Europe and the UK. He has served on various cultural boards in Australia, and was appointed as the Director of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) in October 2006. The EIF is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of the arts, presenting opera, theatre, dance and classical music.