Graduation Ceremonies

Honorary Graduates

Our honorary graduates come from all walks of life and have made significant contributions in their field.

Is there anyone you feel should get an honorary degree at a future ceremony? You can nominate them for one.

Dr Peter Bonfield

Peter BonfieldDr Peter Bonfield is Chief Executive of BRE (Building Research Establishment) which offers impartial expert knowledge and advice for the built environment sector. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath. He has led major initiatives in the areas of new build and existing housing, as well as in commercial and public sector buildings. He instigated the award-winning BRE Innovation Park which has had a significant impact on the UK and global sustainability arena.

Dr Bonfield has established university partnerships with BRE, including the collaboration with Bath on innovative construction materials.

He has also helped the Olympic Delivery Authority to create the sustainable development strategy for the Olympics and support its delivery.

He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Dr Bonfield received an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.


Margaret Heffernan

Margaret HeffernanMargaret Heffernan is a Texan-born entrepreneur, chief executive and author. She has worked in BBC radio and television, writing, direct, producing and commissioning dramas and documentaries and ran the trade association IPPA, which represents the interests of independent film and television producers. 

Returning to the USA she worked on public affair campaigns in Massachusetts and with software companies trying to break into multimedia, developing interactive multimedia products and then ran, bought and sold leading internet businesses.

She was named one of the internet's Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999; and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Her ‘Tear Down the Wall’ campaign against AOL won the 2001 Silver SABRE award for public relations.

Margaret has published three books and blogs and writes for media outlets and magazines around the world. She was recently featured on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire.

She is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University and a Board Member of the School of Management’s Advisory Board.

Margaret received an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.


Thomas Lönngren

Thomas LönngrenThomas Lönngren is former Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency and now works as an independent consultant in the healthcare and pharmaceutical field.

He served with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, Department of Drugs, from 1978 to 1990, with responsibilities for herbal medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, narcotics and contraceptives before going on to act as senior pharmaceutical consultant for the Swedish International Development Agency’s health cooperation programme in Vietnam.

Thomas later became the Deputy Director General of the Swedish Medical Products Agency.

He is an honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008 he received the Drug Information Association’s Distinguished Career Award.

Thomas received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.


Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Mydin Mohd Musa

Professor Mydin is a distinguished Surgeon in Orthopaedics and Traumatology from Malaysia who has become the ‘guiding light’ for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Malaysia and the wider South East Asian region.

He was a Senior Registrar at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Kuala Lumpur before he was inspired to establish himself as a Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Physician and set up one of the first private practices in the South East Asian region.

Over the last 30 years he has committed himself to a career based around the interactions between Sport and Medicine. In 2010 he established, and is now President of, the Society of Sport & Exercise Medicine Malaysia (SSEMM). As part of this international project he has been tasked by the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) to establish and lead a multi-national South East Asian consortium in this field.

The University will partner with SSEMM to deliver Bath’s distance learning postgraduate medical education in Sport & Exercise Medicine to member nations across this region of the world.

In addition to a number of academic appointments Professor Mydin also presides over the Malaysian Amateur Wrestling and Motor Racing Associations. In recognition of his significant effort and achievements, he has received three Federal and State awards and is currently President of the Council of Federal Datuks (i.e. Knights).

Professor Mydin received an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree.


Don McCullin FRPS CBE

Don McCullinDon McCullin is widely recognised as one of the greatest war photographers of the 20th century, especially for the work he produced during his association with The Sunday Times Magazine between 1964 and 1984. He covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, making some of the most indelible images of conflict ever captured on film. Twice wounded on the front lines, he is the first photojournalist to have been made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his acclaimed autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour (1990). In 2007 he published Don McCullin in England with fifty years of images made in his own country; and in 2010, two more large-size books: Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire; and Shaped by War, a catalogue that accompanies a major touring retrospective exhibition produced by the Imperial War Museum in the UK.

Don has won numerous prizes, including two Premier Awards from World Press Photo. He received the 2006 Cornell Capa Award by the International Center for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography.

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.


Dame Linda Partridge DBE FRS FRSE

Dame Linda PartridgeDame Linda Partridge is a geneticist who studies the biology and genetics of ageing (biogerontology) and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. She is currently the Weldon Professor of Biometry at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment; and Director of UCL’s Institute of Healthy Ageing. She is Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing.

She was elected to the Royal Society in 1996 and appointed CBE in 2003. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004, and was awarded the Linnean Society of London's prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal in 2008. In 2009, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), while also receiving the Croonian lectureship from the Royal Society.

In March 2009, the UKRC announced Dame Partridge as one of six Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology.

She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.


Mr Bharat Shah

Mr Bharat ShahUniversity of Bath alumnus Bharat Shah was born in Kenya and came to Bath to study for his A Levels at Bath Technical College in 1966 before going on to study pharmacy at Bath. He was in the first batch of students to graduate when the University first received its charter.

After graduating, Bharat worked as a pharmacist in Boots the Chemist in Bath, before returning to Kenya where he was a pharmacy manager in Nairobi, Kenya. He later returned to the UK to work as a locum pharmacist and then became the owner of three independent pharmacies.

In1982 Bharat started Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc, Watford, a medicines and surgical dressings distribution business to independent and multiple pharmacies.

Sigma has expanded into photographic developing and printing services, supply of veterinary medicine, mobility and disability items, services for care homes, supply of electronic items, travel and holidays for Sigma customers.

Bharat has won the 2003 Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004 GG2 Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2006 Sigma was listed as one of the top 100 companies in Management Today. 

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.


Sir Roger Singleton CBE

Sir Roger Singleton CBESir Roger Singleton is Chairman of the Independent Safeguarding Authority which was set up to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults.

He was Chief Executive of the children’s charity Barnardo’s for 21 years and was awarded a knighthood for his services to children in 2005. He is a former Chairman and Treasurer of the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations.

He has been a government adviser and served on public inquiries into child abuse in children’s homes. He is involved in the governance and management of various charities and is currently Chair of The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Sir Roger is also an accredited mediator.

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.


Professor Rod Flower

Professor Rod FlowerProfessor Flower has spent the majority of his scientific career working in the area of inflammation and anti-inflammatory drug mechanisms. He was a major contributor to the ‘Cox inhibitor’ concept that John Vane (later Sir John, Nobel Laureate) proposed to explain the action of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in 1971 and predicted the existence of ‘Cox-2’ some 20 years before it was finally identified and cloned.

He made several significant contributions to the pharmacology of inflammatory mediators and platelets, including the invention of a novel type of ‘platelet aggregometer’, which is in current use in hospitals and laboratories around the world.

His most significant work concerns the mechanism of action of the anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid steroids and (later) the cromone anti-allergic drugs. He discovered that these drugs caused the release of a protein factor from cells that is able to duplicate many of their anti-inflammatory actions. This factor was cloned and sequenced by his industrial partner, Biogen, whilst he was Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Bath.

Professor Flower was a Principal Fellow of the Wellcome Trust from 1994-2007 and is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society. He was President of the British Pharmacological Society (2000-2003) and has published over 320 papers and books. He has been awarded several national and international awards for his research including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ of the International Association of Inflammation Societies (2005).

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.