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Summer Graduations 2019

Honorary Graduate – Sam Heughan

Award-winning Scots actor Sam Heughan – best-known for playing the lead role in hit television show Outlander – has spoken of his delight after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Stirling.

Honorary Graduate – Professor John Dawson

Professor John Dawson, an Emeritus Professor of the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh, received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the establishment and pursuit of retail research in the UK and internationally.

Honorary Graduate - Pete Cheema OBE

Pete Cheema, Chief Executive of the Scottish Grocers Federation, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the convenience store sector in Scotland.

Honorary Graduate – Lilian Thuram

Lilian Thuram – France’s most-capped footballer and a World Cup winner – says he is “deeply honoured” to receive an honorary degree from the University of Stirling.

Honorary Graduate – Alison Brittain CBE

CEO of Whitbread plc, Alison Brittain CBE is one of the UK’s pre-eminent business leaders and influencers. Mrs Brittain received an honorary degree from the University of Stirling for her outstanding contribution to business and leadership.

Honorary Graduate – 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 – and critically acclaimed content and events for a host of major international recording artists.

2018

Honorary Graduate – David Strang

Mr Strang became a Doctor of the University. He is recognised for his outstanding contribution, as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, to ensuring due process, quality and integrity of public services, and for championing the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable people in prison.

Honorary Graduate – Martin Valenti

Working in a variety of environmental roles for almost 30 years, Mr Valenti is Strategic Director for the Scottish Land Commission, on secondment from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). He was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment through these various roles, and as a founding member and Vice-Chair of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.

Honorary Graduate – Eve Muirhead

The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 2 November 2018 in recognition of Eve Muirhead’s outstanding contribution to British sport. Eve Muirhead won an Olympic bronze medal in 2014 as skip for the British team, and has been World, European and Scottish Champion. Outside of curling, she is a highly accomplished golfer and bagpiper.

Honorary Graduate – Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding support of academic research through the donation of his literary papers to the University of Stirling archives.

Honorary Graduate – Mark Daly

Multi-award winning BBC journalist Mark Daly received the award of Doctor of the University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to investigative journalism.

Honorary Graduate – Dame Anne McGuire

The Right Honourable Dame Anne McGuire, became a Doctor of the University, in recognition of her public service to the people of Stirling and to people with disabilities.

2017

Anthony Phillips

Anthony Phillips, the first director of the Macrobert Arts Centre, was made an honorary graduate in November 2017.

Dr James Robertson

Dr James Robertson, was made an honorary graduate in November 2017. He is recognised for his outstanding contribution to writing in Scotland, for his work to extend the use of the Scots language, and for his role in highlighting the importance of political activism and participation.

Bernard Gallacher

Ryder Cup hero Bernard Gallacher was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport in respect of his achievements and accolades in professional golf.

Steve Peters

Sports psychologist and founder of the ‘Chimp Paradox’ mind management model, Professor Steve Peters, received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Psychology, Health Sciences and Sport.

Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain

Humanitarian and internationally-acclaimed poet Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain became a Doctor of the University in recognition of his philanthropy, creative writing and poetry, and for his activism in driving an agenda for peace.

Angela Smith

Stirling Emeritus Professor Angela Smith returned to campus to be honoured for her outstanding contribution to the University. Professor Smith established the Stirling University Retired Staff Association and has chaired the active group since its foundation in 2007.

2016

Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scottish literary culture.

Elaine Wyllie

Former local head teacher and Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Teacher of the Year, Elaine Wyllie, received a Masters of Arts from the University for her outstanding contribution to the community with the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative at St. Ninians Primary School, Stirling.

2015

Alexander McCall Smith

Award-winning author Alexander McCall Smith CBE received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature.

Honorary Graduate Laura Dunlop QC

Leading lawyer Laura Dunlop QC received the award of Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the support of vulnerable people in Scotland through the practice of law, and as an outstanding role model for Stirling’s female students.

Rita Colwell

Cholera expert, the scientist Dr Rita Colwell, received the award of Doctor of the University for her outstanding contribution to marine biotechnology and influences in environmental microbiology.

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