Honouring our graduates

Issued: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:46:00 GMT

Five Glasgow graduates collected Honorary Degrees from the University at ceremonies in 2013.

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé received a Doctor of the University during Commemoration Day in June for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Emeli, who was our Young Alumnus of the Year in 2011, studied at the University between 2006 and 2009, gaining a BSc in Neuroscience.

‘Being awarded an Honorary Degree was a massive deal for me. The importance of going to university and education were such a big part of my upbringing,’ says Emeli, whose 2012 debut album remained top of the UK album charts for 63 weeks. ‘For my work to then be acknowledged by the University means a lot to me and my family.’ 

Also during Commemoration Day, television writer and producer Steven Moffat, collected a Doctor of Letters. Steven, who studied English and Philosophy (MA 1983), is now an executive producer and writer for Doctor Who and co-creator and executive producer of the TV-series Sherlock. During his time at University, Steven was a member of Glasgow University Student Television and really values the opportunities this gave him and the friends that he made. ‘It’s the people that you meet and the things that you do at university that can really help you.’ 

At graduation ceremonies in June, the Rt Hon Lady Paton (MA 1972, LLB 1974), athlete Katherine Grainger (MPhil 2001) and author Christopher Brookmyre (MA 1989) collected their doctorates. Lady Paton, a Judge for the Court of Session, and Katherine, who was our Young Alumnus of the Year in 2012, both received a Doctor of Laws. Young Alumnus of the Year in 2005, Christopher, received a Doctor of Letters.

Steven Moffat


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