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.

Clive Stafford Smith OBE

Clive Stafford Smith OBEClive Stafford Smith OBE has worked on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the southern United States for the last 25 years.

In 1999, after years of support from the UK for his work, Clive established Reprieve, a UK based charity which protects the human rights of those facing the death penalty. He is now Legal Director of Reprieve.

In October 2000 he was awarded an OBE for humanitarian services, in recognition of his years of tireless work in pursuit of justice for those facing death at the hands of the state in the USA.

He now focuses his work on achieving due process for the detainees being held by the United States in Guantánamo Bay.

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. 


Philip Pullman CBE

Philip Pullman CBE

Philip Pullman CBE is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful British authors of the past decade. His greatest achievement has been in the publication of the His Dark Materials trilogy: Northern Lights (1995), The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Spyglass (2000). The trilogy has been acclaimed as a modern classic.

He has won numerous prizes for his fiction including the Carnegie Medal, the Carnegie of Carnegies Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Prize and has been appointed the British Book Awards Author of the Year. Several of his books have been adapted for the stage and the screen, notably at the National Theatre.

Philip Pullman has long been interested in the relationship between the arts, politics, and civil rights and in recent years he has written and spoken frequently on the subject.

He was due to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts but was sadly unable to attend due to ill health.


His Excellency Mr Khalil Al Foulathi

Khalil Al Foulathi

His Excellency Mr Khalil Al Foulathi is chairman of the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates and a board member of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He graduated from the University of Bath in 1975. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.


Robin Grove-White

Robin Grove-White

Robin Grove-White is Professor Emeritus of Environment & Society at Lancaster University, where he was Director of the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, an internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary research centre with a long-term association with the University of Bath.

In the early 60s he was a scriptwriter for BBC’s ‘That Was The Week That Was’ and a performer-scriptwriter at Peter Cook’s ‘The Establishment’ club.

He went on to become a leading academic, a major figure in environmental policy-making and a champion of informed participatory democracy. In 1981 he became Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

He moved into the academic world to help catalyse new collaborative research insights into environmental problems. He was a Board Member and Chairman of Greenpeace UK, a trustee of Greenpeace International and a Forestry Commissioner.

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.


Sir Keith Mills

Sir Keith Mills

Sir Keith Mills was central to the success of bringing the Olympic Games to London. He was CEO and International President of London 2012 and is now Deputy Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games.

He has had a highly successful career as an entrepreneur and pioneer of the loyalty industry. He founded Air Miles which he launched in partnership with British Airways in 1988 and rolled out around the world. He then created the Nectar Card which he sold in 2007 for £375m.

He is a non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur FC and owns two yacht racing teams. In 1999 he was part of the crew that won the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Following the successful Olympic bid, he was knighted in 2006 in recognition of his services to sport.

He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.