UofG to award 19 new honorary doctorates

The University of Glasgow is awarding 19 honorary doctorates this summer.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds including science, education, LGBT rights, sport and business.

Among those accepting honorary degrees will be athlete Dame Tanni Grey Thompson; Executive Director of Sexual Minorities, Dr Frank Mugisha; and Founder and Managing Director of the Glasgow-based WEST – Brewery, Bar and Restaurant, Petra Wetzel.

The 19 new awards are in addition to two other honorary degrees that were presented to Alex Salmond MP and Gordon Brown earlier this year.

Seven of this summer’s honorary doctorates will be awarded at the University of Glasgow’s annual Commemoration Day on 17 June, which celebrates the foundation in 1451. They will also be awarded at graduation ceremonies throughout June.

On 13 July there will also be four honorary degrees awarded to Celtic and Gaelic linguistics experts as part of the 15th International Congress of Celtic Studies, which takes place in Glasgow later this year.

The full list of honorary doctorates is as follows:

Commemoration 17 June 2015

DOCTOR OF LAWS (LLD)

The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland Of Asthal, PC, QC
Lawyer and Politician

DOCTOR OF SCIENCE (DSc)

Dr Gerald Chan
Co-Founded Morningside Foundation

Dr Hermann Hauser
Co-founder and partner of Amadeus Capital Partners

Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS
Prominent and influential Scientist

Mr Andrew Robertson
Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

DOCTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY (DUniv)

Professor Suzanne Fortier
Principal of McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Dr Frank Mugisha
Executive Director of Sexual Minorities, Uganda

 

 College Graduations Summer 2015

DOCTOR OF LETTERS (DLitt)

Mr Toby Webster – GSA 19 June 2015
Artist

DOCTOR OF SCIENCE (DSc)

Professor Sandro Galea – 2 July 4pm
Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Dr David Sibbald – 2 July 4pm
Chairman and CEO Aridhia

DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING (DEng)

Mr Charles Berry – 1 July Noon
Chairman, The Weir Group PLC

Mr John Scott Younger - 1 July Noon
Director of PT Nusantara Infrastructure Tbk

DOCTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY (DUniv)

Ms Petra Wetzel – 26 June 4pm
Founder and Managing Director WEST – Brewery, Bar and Restaurant

Mr James Elder Woodward – 26 June 4pm
Disability Rights Campaigner

The Rt Hon Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson –  29 June Noon
Athlete

 

Opening Ceremony ICCS July 2015

DOCTOR OF LETTERS (DLitt) 13 July 2015

Professor Emeritus Nancy Dorian
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics in German and Anthropology,
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Emeritus Máirtín Ó Murchú
Senior Emeritus Professor at the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Professor Emeritus Dr Elmar Ternes
Professor Emeritus of General and Applied Phonetics, University of Hamburg

Professor Emeritus Seosamh Watson
Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish, University College Dublin


First published: 11 June 2015

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