Honorary graduates


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Every year the University celebrates the achievements of graduates and prominent local and international people who have made a significant contribution to cultural, business or economic life.

Honorary graduates in 2017 included: Brenda Blethyn OBE, Dr Andrew Singleton, Paul Callaghan CBE, DL, FRSA, and Lesley Spuhler OBE.

2017

2016

2015

  • Andy Sandoz

    (Alumni Fellowship) - Founder, Creative Partner and Innovation Director at Work Club

  • Fran Williamson

    British Paralympic swimmer

  • Katy McLean MBE

    English female rugby player

  • Pam Royle

    Presenter, Journalist

  • Paul Woolston

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Sue Sharpe

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

2014

  • Ann Cleeves

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Gary Hutchinson

    Commercial Director at Sunderland Football Club

  • Jason Cook

    Comedian and Television Writer

  • Jimmy Montgomery

    English professional footballer

  • Kevin Philips

    English professional footballer

  • Professor Sue Hill OBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

2013

  • Chris Jobe

    Solicitor and Charity Trustee

  • Hazel Robson

    Paralympian

  • John Robertson

    Paralympian

  • Ralph Saelzer

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Stephanie Houghton

    English professional footballer

2012

  • Charles Spedding

    Long Distance Runner

  • Ray Spencer MBE

    Director of The Customs House in South Shields

2011

  • George Clarke

    Architect and Presenter

2010

  • Alan Patchett

    Age UK Sunderland

  • Jeff Brown

    News Presenter

  • Melanie Hill

    Actress

2009

  • Lauren Laverne

    TV and Radio Presenter

2008

  • Cllr Bob Symonds

    former Leader of Sunderland City Council

  • Nick Gillingham MBE

    Olympic Swimmer

2007

  • Lesley Douglas

    former BBC Radio Controller

  • Paul Collingwood MBE

    English Cricketer

2006

  • Susan Johnson OBE

    Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

2005

  • Anthony Sargent

    General Director of The Sage Gateshead

  • John Fickling

    Sunderland Football Club Vice-Chairman

2004

  • Edward Leng

2003

  • Don Chroston

  • Paul Callaghan

  • Steve Pallas

2002

  • Niall Quinn

2001

  • Syd Pennington

2000

  • Alan Richardson

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Bill Viola

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

  • Dr Anne Wright CBE DL

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Edward Wilson

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

  • Gregory Hutchings

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Lord Matthew Evans CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Professor Charles Rees CBE FRS

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

  • Sir Stirling Moss OBE FIE

    Honorary Doctorate of Technology

  • Terry Deary

    Author
    Honorary Doctorate of Education

1999

  • Alan Hinkes OBE

  • Brian Smith OBE

  • Charles Hurley

  • David Parfitt

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

  • Jaroslava Brychtova

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

  • Mark Glatman

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Professor John Eggleston

    Honorary Doctorate of Education

  • Professor Stanislav Libensky

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

  • Tom Hadaway

    Honorary Doctorate of Arts

1998

  • Antony Gormley OBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Bryan Sanderson CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Colin Orr

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Folkworks

    received by Mr Alistair Anderson

  • Joe Williams MBE

  • Lynne Symonds

  • Professor Simon Blackburn

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Sheila Graber

  • Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Sir Ridley Scott

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

1997

  • Alan Benjamin OBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Anne-Marie Owens

    Honorary Doctorate of Music

  • Bob Murray CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Charles Bray

  • Denise Robertson MBE DL

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Hari Shukla MBE JP

  • Llew Aviss

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Marjorie Atkinson MBE

  • Peter Stout

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Roland Boyes

1996

  • Ann Lewis

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

  • Donald Yap

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Dr Edward Robson

    Honorary Doctorate of Technology

  • Dr Susan Birchill

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Esmee Slattery

  • Fred Oliver

  • Howard Layfield

    Honorary Doctorate of Music

  • Joan Kilvington

  • Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Norma Wright

  • Northern Sinfonia

  • Professor Edward Gregson

    Honorary Doctorate of Music

  • Sir Michael Heron

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

1995

  • Baroness Howe of Idicote CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Joan Harrison

  • Joe Mills OBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • John Shatwell

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Martin Bangeman

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Mike Clasper CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Professor James Walter McFarlane

    Honorary Doctorate of Letters

  • Sir George Russell CBE

    Honorary Doctorate of Laws

  • Sir Peter Vardy DL

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Sir Terence Harrison DL

    Honorary Doctorate of Technology

  • Stephanie Yearnshire MBE

  • William Dunlop

1994

  • Dame Margaret Barbour CBE DL

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Dr Pamela Denham

    Honorary Doctorate of Law

  • Dr Peter Green

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Dr Peter Hart

    Honorary Doctorate of Law

  • Gordon Scott

    Alumni Fellowship

  • John Cook

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Professor Sir John Cadogan

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

  • Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy

    Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

  • Sir William Stewart

    Honorary Doctorate of Science

  • Terence Hogg

    Alumni Fellowship

  • Winifred Davis

1993

  • Alan Donnelly

  • David Goldman

    Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

  • Egon Klepsch

    Honorary Doctor of Law

  • Ram Banerjee

    Honorary Doctor of Law

  • Sheila Coggrave

  • Sir Terence Burns

    Honorary Doctor of Law

  • Victoria Wood

    Honorary Doctor of Letters

1992

  • Judge Myrella Cohen

    Honorary Doctor of Law

  • Sir Richard Storey

    Honorary Doctor of Letters

  • Sir Tom Cowie

    Honorary Doctor of Business Administration