The University of Bolton is proud to include many distinguished and successful men and women in its list of honorary graduates. Each year, the University bestows honorary awards on graduands from a range of fields, who may have contributed to the academic work of the University or earned distinction for their services to education, business, culture or the community. Honorary Fellowships were awarded from 1988 to 2005, then, when the University title was achieved in 2005, Honorary Doctorates were awarded from 2006. Honorary awards are conferred at degree ceremonies and we are honoured that these people have accepted our degrees.

1988

Bill Naughton
Michael Parker 
E M Ryley
Professor John Turner

 

1989

Richard Hurst OBE
Sir Nat Lofthouse OBE
Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE 
Peter White 

 

1990

Betty Brown BEM
A J Jenkinson OBE
Joseph Locke MBE FR Eng
Professor Frank Willett CBE 

 

1991

Peter Bounds CBE 
Dr Ron Hill MBE 
Martin Milner OBE
Dato Abdul Razak 

 

1992

Professor Arup Banerjee OBE 
Frank Finlay CBE 
Henry Kershaw 
David Titterington 
Jean Wilson

 

1993

June Corner
Professor John Grant 
Maurice Henry 
Nigel Short MBE 
Frank White 

 

1994

Carol Ann Duffy OBE 
Malcolm Frazer CBE 
Sir Ernest Hall OBE DL
Roy Lancaster OBE 

 

1995

Jim Cartwright 
Eric Farnworth OBE
Joe Foster 
Victoria Wood OBE 

 

1996

Brian Asquith
John Cassidy 
Sir Martin Harris CBE 
Harry Tuley 

 

1997

Brian Collinge 
Sir Kenneth Green 
Ruth Hamilton
Gordon Hargreaves 

 

1998

Shirley Anne Field 
Les Gent 
Jack Goldberg 
Sir Harold Kroto FRS

 

1999

Patrick Caulfield CBE
Sir Alan Cockshaw 
Baroness Zahida Manzoor CBE 
Derrick Warburton
Dr Anne Wright CBE 

 

2000

George Almond CBE OStJ DL 
Alan Booth 
Brian Bruce 
Simon Holt (Alumni Fellow)
Barbara Hurst MBE
Andrew Kluge 
James McKnight 
Chris Mack 
Professor Robert Oxtoby 
Lord Adam Patel of Blackburn 
Pamela Senior 
Peter Syddall 

 

2001

Anthony Goldstone OBE DL 
Paul Heathcote 
Sue Johnston 
Lord Bhikhu Parekh 

 

2002

Josie Cichockyj (Alumni Fellow)
Cynthia Clarke 
Felicity Goodey CBE 
Jackie Kay 
Meena Pathak OBE
Norman Stoller CBE CStJ DL 

 

2003

Andrew Dickson 
Pat Dickson 
Jeremy Glover MBE
Clive Jeanes 
Janette Jenkins (Alumni Fellow)
Anil Ruia OBE
Clare Smith 

 

2004

Josephine Burns 
Tahir Mohsan 
Paul Rink OBE
Rt Hon Baroness Mary Warnock OBE

 

2005

Dr Helen Gilchrist CBE 
Richard Hurst 
Dr Brian Iddon MP 
John Stoddart CBE 
John Roberts 

 

2006

Allan Ashworth - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Construction 
Melvin Burgess
- Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of the Arts
Sara Cox - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Broadcasting
Brian Crossley - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Construction 
Anna Friel - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Performing Arts
Professor Jon Glover - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to English and Creative Writing
Bernard Hill - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Performing Arts
Arthur Ridings - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Education 
Professor Michael Schmidt FRSL - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Performing Arts
Mollie Temple CBE - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Education 

 

2007

Lord Haskel - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Textile Technology
Dr Brian Tomkins - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Education

 

2008

David Ball - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Mechanical Engineering
Bruce Cain - Master of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University
Professor James Calderwood - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of engineering
Edith Conn OBE JP DL - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community
Howard Goodall - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music
Simon Kelner - Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Journalism 
Professor His Honour William Morris - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of law
Stass Paraskos - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Art
Keri-Anne Payne (Honorary Master’s) - Master of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of sport

 

2009

Lorraine Brannan - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the University 
Howard Devoto - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music
Pete Shelley - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music
Vernon Kay - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of entertainment
Mathaka Mmapatsi - Alumni Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of education
Gary Neville - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport
Anwer Patel - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Bolton community
Yakub Patel - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Bolton community

 

2010

Sam Allardyce - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to football and to Bolton
Berthold Bitzer - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of education
Gordon Burns - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to broadcasting
Alan Cornthwaite - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to higher education provision for the construction and built environment sectors
Chris Minta - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to education and to the University as Governor and national trade union leadership
Professor Iqbal Memon - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to ethnicity and health and to the University as a Governor and Chair of the Governors
Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL - Doctor of Laws in recognition of outstanding contribution to legislative processes and democracy
Jason Kenny - Master of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to sport 
Professor Oleg Liber 
Elizabeth Tatman MBE - Doctor of University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Bolton community
Sir Arnold Wolfendale - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of science 

 

To celebrate the Installation of Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL as the first Chancellor of the University of Bolton, those who had previously been awarded Honorary Fellowships were invited to accept an Honorary Doctorate. Those who accepted the invitation were:

George Almond CBE OStJ DL - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Fire Service and the region as County Fire Officer, President of the Institute of Fire Engineers and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Greater Manchester
Professor Arup Banerjee OBE - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to medicine, especially medical education and research into aging
Peter Bounds - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to local government in Bolton and Liverpool 
Brian Bruce - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton, principally as a Governor and as Chair of the Governing Board
Josephine Burns - Doctor of Arts in recognition of outstanding contribution to the arts and creative industries in Manchester and the North West
Jim Cartwright - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to the theatre as an innovative and highly influential playwright
John Cassidy - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to poetry and the teaching of creative writing
Cynthia Clarke - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to health and community relations
Sir Alan Cockshaw - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to the civil engineering industry and urban regeneration
Andrew Dickson - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and the community in Bolton
Pat Dickson -  Doctor of Education in recognition of outstanding contribution to further education, the arts, business and the community in Bolton
Frank Finlay CBE - Doctor of Arts in recognition of outstanding contribution to theatre, film and television as a distinguished and highly regarded actor
Les Gent - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to journalism and local history
Jeremy Glover MBE - Doctor of the University  in recognition of outstanding contribution to Bolton, as Chief Executive of Bolton Lads and Girls Club
Anthony Goldstone OBE DL - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and commerce
Professor John Grant - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to writing, especially as the creator of the “Lovejoy” novels
Gordon Hargreaves - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to Bolton, as a businessman and chair of Bolton Wanderers FC
Dr Ron Hill MBE - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to Sport & textile technology
Dr Brian Iddon MP - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to higher education, science and technology and to Bolton and the University of Bolton
Andrew Kluge - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and enterprise in Bolton
Sir Harold Kroto FRS - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to science and innovation; Nobel Prize laureate
Roy Lancaster OBE - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to horticulture and broadcasting
Joseph Locke MBE FR Eng - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to structural engineering
James McKnight - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to mechanical and automotive engineering
Chris Mack - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton, as Governor and Deputy Chair of the Governors
Baroness Zahida Manzoor CBE - Doctor of Social Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to race relations and the health services
Michael Parker - Doctor of Materials Technology in recognition of outstanding contribution to textile studies and the textile industry
Lord Adam Patel of Blackburn - Doctor of Social Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to race relations and the Muslim community
Meena Pathak OBE - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and commerce
Anil Ruia OBE - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and commerce
Pamela Senior - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to health and to the university as a governor
Nigel Short - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to the world of chess 
Clare Smith - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to broadcasting and health 
Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and commerce and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester
Peter Syddall - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton, as Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee
Professor John Turner - Doctor of Education in recognition of outstanding contribution to education
Frank White - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the community, parliamentary processes and the regeneration of Bolton 
Dr Anne Wright CBE - Doctor of Education in recognition of outstanding contribution to higher education

 

2011

Mike Chapman - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of outstanding contribution to education and health
Stan Cording - Master of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University
Zubair Hanslot - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his contribution to the establishment of the University of Bolton in Ras al Khaimah
Garry Ion -  Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to civil engineering and overseas developments
Elizabeth Kay MBE - Doctor of Education in recognition of outstanding contribution to education and the community 
Stuart Maconie - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to broadcasting and communication 
Professor Peter Marsh - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University
Amy Nuttall - Doctor of Arts in recognition of outstanding contribution to theatre and the dramatic arts
Lord Bhikhu Parekh - Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of political thought
Mark Radcliffe - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to broadcasting and communication
Fred Slack - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to education in the community
Warren Smith KStJ JP LLD - Doctor of Laws in recognition of outstanding contribution to Civic Society and Greater Manchester
Dr Joyce Tyldesley - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to education and culture

 

2012

Aaqil Ahmed - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to the media and broadcasting
John Blackmore - Doctor of Arts in recognition of outstanding contribution to the arts
Hilary Devey LLD FRSA FCILT - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to business
A J Jenkinson OBE - Posthumously admitted to the Honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Bolton Institute of Technology 
Ann Johnson - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of outstanding contribution to health care
Ayub Khan-Din - Doctor of Letters in recognition of outstanding contribution to the arts
David Kaye - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Bolton community
Tony Keating - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of outstanding contribution to motor vehicle engineering
Councillor Cliff Morris - Doctor of the University in recognition of outstanding contribution to the town of Bolton 
Fabrice Muamba - Doctor of Science in recognition of outstanding contribution to sport and of the clinicians who save lives in the field of emergency and acute medicine.
Professor Peter Simons - Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of outstanding contribution to philosophy
Dr Geoffrey Tabbron - Doctor of Education in recognition of outstanding contribution to education

 

2013

Sir Philip Craven MBE - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport and in particular to the London Paralympics 2012
Keith Davies - Master of the University in recognition of his significant contribution to the town of Bolton 
Rev Canon Paul Denby MBE JP DL - Doctor of Divinity in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Bolton and the region
President Elias Foutsis - Doctor of the University for his entrepreneurial approach to higher education and in particular the partnership with the University of Bolton
Jason Kenny OBE - Doctor of  Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport and in particular to the world of cycling and his contribution to the London Olympic Games
Neil Myerson LLP - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton 
Professor David Phoenix OBE - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to higher education, management and scholarship in the Northwest
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder Kt TD DL MA (Cantab) LLD FRSA - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession 
David Tomlinson - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the reputation of the University of Bolton
John Walsh OBE - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the town of Bolton

 

2014 

Honorary Doctorate List for the Installation of the Chancellor

To commemorate the Installation of our second Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder Kt TD DL MA (Cantab) LLD FRSA, and celebrate 190 years as an educational establishment in Bolton, the University awarded 19 Honorary Doctorates – one for each decade of our history.

Mark Brocklehurst - Doctor of Humanities in recognition of his outstanding contribution to charity
Atul Chauhan - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education
Fred Done - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to charity and sport
Sue Duncan - Doctor of Laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the higher education
Chris Eagles - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport
Ian Goldrein QC - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession
John Grant - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contribution to motorsport
Paul Griffiths DL - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the services of the community 
Her Honour Judge Margaret de Haas QC - Doctor of Laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession
Susan K Hodgkiss CBE DL - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts and the community
Professor Anthony Howell - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cancer research
Margot Leicester - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to theatre and television
Martine McCutcheon - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to entertainment
The Rt Hon Sir James Munby QC - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession
Councillor Dr Colin Shaw - Doctor of Humanities in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community
Professor Ian Stewart - Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to politics and the community
The Rt Hon Baroness Taylor of Bolton PC - Doctor of Social Science in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the community
Professor David Thacker - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the theatre
Maureen Warburton - Doctor of Education in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education

Honorary Award Recipients 2014 Degree congregation ceremonies

Imran Akram - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession
Dr John S Bailey - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to International education and leadership  
Margaret Blenkinsop - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to theatre and the Bolton community
Adrian Brooks - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and entertainment
Professor John Brooks - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Higher Education and the Northwest 
Roy Brooks - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Automotive Engineering
His Honour Judge Tim Clayson - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession
Ryan Giggs OBE - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport
Sean Harriss - Doctor of Public Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Bolton community
Sylvia Kay - Doctor of Laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton and its Governance
Dan Keating - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Bolton community and football 
Simon P Kelly - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of his outstanding contribution to health and ophthalmology
Gill Richards - Doctor of Education in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education 
John Roberts - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to local business
Nicola Shindler - Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contribution to broadcasting
Antonia Sotgiu - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to music 
Leigh Vallance - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of her outstanding contribution to health care 
Anna Vissi - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution to international music

 

2015

Dr Christopher Brookes - Doctor of Healthcare in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the medical profession
Cllr Martin Donaghy - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the town of Bolton and the University
Mike Dwan - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education 
Phil Gartside - Doctor in Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Bolton community and football 
Anthony Griffin - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport and charity 
HH Iain Hamilton CBE - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession
Amir Khan - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport and charity 
Sajid Mahmood - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport 
Tracey Neville - Doctor of Science in recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport and charity 
Eamonn O’Neal DL - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to charity and the media
Pam Tatlow - Doctor of Education in recognition of her outstanding contribution to higher education                          Alan Walsh - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the town of Bolton
William Brett Warburton - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the food industry and scientific research
The Right Hon Baroness Warsi PC - Doctor of Social Science in recognition of her outstanding contribution to politics
Dave Whelan - Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport and charity 
Dr Chris Minta - Lifetime Fellowship in recognition of his unique service and lifetime achievements on behalf of both the institution and the Higher Education Sector

 

2016

Ismail Amla - Doctor of Business Administration (Hon.DBA) for his outstanding contribution to Business
Reena Banks - Master of Arts in recognition of her outstanding contribution in performing arts 
Sir Peter Fahy - Doctor of Social Science for his outstanding contribution to Greater Manchester and to Charitable Works.
Professor David Ford OBE - Doctor of Divinity in recognition of his outstanding contribution to higher education
Professor Michael Gunn - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to higher education
David Ratcliffe - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international education  
Mark Sheen - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University of Bolton 
Dame Janet Smith DBE - Doctor of Laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession 
Martin Taylor - Master of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the University and to public musical performance
Lawrence Tomlinson - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to motor engineering and to sport
Dr Jin Yang - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding contribution to higher education 

 

2017

Honorary Doctorate List for the Installation of the Chancellor

To commemorate the Installation of our third Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews, the University awarded 16 Honorary Doctorates.

Christopher Ball - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding services to further education
Mark Eager - Doctor of Arts in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and performance
Joseph William Foster - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding services to economic development
Michael Griffiths - Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding services to further education
Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey DBE FBA - Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of anthropology
Richard Hurst - Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding services to the community
Ahmed Paul Keeler - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the exchanges and the inter-connection between cultures and civilisations
Mustafa Mohammed - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of his outstanding contribution to dental education 
Claire Moreland DL - Doctor of Arts in recognition of her outstanding services to arts
William Morris - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to foreign policy, international dialogue and peace
Uday Nayak - Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to aviation 
David Singleton - Doctor of Social Science in recognition of his outstanding services to young people and the community
Frederick John Stuart - Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding services to engineering 
Councillor Carole Swarbrick - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding services to the community 
Councillor Linda Thomas - Doctor of the University in recognition of her outstanding services to the community 
Professor John Wallwork CBE - Doctor of Health Care in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of medicine
The Earl of St Andrews - Doctor of Laws in recognition of his contribution to public service