Winter graduation 2019

Winter graduation

This week from Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 January 2019 winter graduations are taking place for postgraduates. It's a time to celebrate the success of our students as well as the dedication and hard work of colleagues from across the University.

From those who have taught, supervised and supported our students, to the people working to make sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes on the day, thank you for the part you have played in helping our students enjoy this special moment with their families and friends.

Find out more about the winter graduations taking place this week

Watch the graduation live stream from Wednesday 9 January

Honorary graduates

Attending the ceremonies alongside our students are six prestigious honorary graduates, among them current staff and alumni of the University who have achieved extraordinary things. 

Dan Walker (LittD)

Dan WalkerDan graduated from the University in 1998 with a BA in History, before following his passion for broadcasting with an MA in Journalism the following year. He now sponsors and mentors two bursary-winning journalism students every year, giving the students the unique opportunity to experience working in the competitive industry of broadcasting.

First starting his broadcasting career with work experience at Hallam FM, Dan took over as the presenter of Football Focus on the BBC in 2009 and quickly became a regular presenter on Radio 5 Live, Final Score and Match of the Day.

Now a co-anchor on BBC Breakfast, Dan currently lives in Sheffield with his family and is an active patron of Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.

Dan will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his broadcasting achievements and the dedicated support he offers to students at 12.30pm on Thursday 10 January 2019.

Emeritus Professor Ian Cooke (MD)

Ian Cooke is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Oncology & Metabolism and will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine. Ian has held the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University from 1972 to 2000. During his time here, he combined laboratory reproductive research with clinical infertility. He has also worked with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Fertility Societies for several years. Ian will receive his Honorary Doctorate at 9.30am on Friday 11 January.

Stuart Green (DEng)

Stuart Green is a leader in the field of digital technologies and has set up and led several major Sheffield-based companies involved in graphic processing and the synchronization of sound and subtitles for movies. Stuart will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering at 4pm on Wednesday 9 January.

Chris Watson (DMus)

Chris is a Sheffield born member of the influential band Cabaret Voltaire. He is recognised as a pioneer in creating soundscapes which involve recording the sounds of wildlife and places from around the world. He has many awards including BAFTAs for his work in television. Chris will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Music at 4pm on Thursday 10 January.

Ciara Eastell (LittD)

Also honoured in the ceremony is Ciara Eastell, one of the UK’s leading public librarians. She studied librarianship at the University’s Information School and championed the role of libraries in disadvantaged areas. Ciara was also appointed OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. Ciara will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters on Friday 11 January at 12.30pm.

Ann Cairns (LittD)

Ann Cairns will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Ann is the Vice Chair of Mastercard and has more than 25 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US. She studied mathematics at the University and became the first woman in Britain qualified to work on offshore oil and gas rigs. Ann will receive her Honorary Doctorate on Friday 11 January at 4pm.

Other awards

This year the Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Dr Keith Clarkson. With a deep passion for all things ornithological, coupled with an ability to enthuse and educate, Dr Clarkson has opened up the world of birds to many.

Dr Clarkson recevied a BSc and PhD in Zoology in 1985 from the University and went on to become an expert in visible bird migration. He has worked to make the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Bempton Cliffs nature reserve accessible to all, which has resulted in visitors experiencing the lives of seabird colonies in amazing detail.

Find out more about our honorary graduates