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Honorary Graduates


Laura Lee
Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Doctor of the University
Keir Bloomer
Keir Bloomer, education leader Doctor of the University
Henry Simmons
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia Doctor of the University
Laura Young
Laura Young, Founder of The Teapot Trust charity

Doctor of the University
Eugenio Barba
Eugenio Barba, influential theatre director Doctor of Letters
Kate Adie
Kate Adie, internationally renowned journalist

Doctor of Letters
Nigel Osborne
Nigel Osborne, talented composer and former Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh Doctor of Letters
Shaheen Unis
Shaheen Unis, entrepreneur and business woman behind Mrs Unis Spicy Foods Ltd

Doctor of Business Administration
  Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, developmental psychologist Doctor of Science
  Norman Springford, leading hotelier and hospitality industry champion Doctor of Business Administration
  Professor Ian Percy CBE, former chair of QMU's board of governors Doctor of the University
  Susan Boyle, musical entertainer Doctor of the University
  2011 (July)
  Professor Alison Tierney CBE, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and internationally recognised nursing researcher and educationalist Doctor of Science
  Albert Roux, internationally renowned chef Doctor of the University
  Sir Garth Morrison, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian Doctor of Letters
  2010 (July)
  David Duke, founder of the social enterprise, Street Soccer Scotland Doctor of the University
Jacqui Lunday
Jacqui Lunday, Chief Health Professions Officer, Scottish Government Doctor of the University
  David Hayman, actor, producer and humanitarian Doctor of Letters
  2009 (November)
  Bill Hardcastle, internationally renowned speech scientist Doctor of Letters
  2009 (June/ July)
John Bellany
John Bellany CBE RA (click to read oration), internationally renowned painter Doctor of Letters
Jonathan Mills
Jonathan Mills (click to read oration), Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Doctor of the University
Alan Bain
Alan Bain (click to read oration), international business professional and President of the American-Scottish Foundation Doctor of the University
Sally Brown
Sally Brown OBE FRSE (click to read oration), educationalist and former Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling Doctor of the University
Sathyu Sarangi
Sathyu Sarangi (click to read oration), humanitarian and campaigner for victims of the Bhopal disaster Doctor of the University
  Bruce Halle, philanthropist, Founder and Chairman of Discount Tire (world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer). Doctor of the University
  Diane Halle, philanthropist Doctor of the University
  2008 (November)
  Andrew Mooney (click to read oration), Chairman of Disney Consumer Products
  Andrew Chua (click to read oration), Principal and Executive Chairman, East Asia Institute of Management, Singapore
  2008 (July)
Evelyn Glennie
Dame Evelyn Glennie, internationally celebrated percussionist Doctor of the University
  Dr Suborno Bose (earlier in 2008 - see laureation), Chairman and Chief Executive, Asia Pacific International University Doctor of Education
Geoff Ball
Geoff Ball, former Chief Executive of CALA Homes Doctor of Business Administration
Susan Rice
Susan Rice, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland Doctor of Business Administration
PV Ramana
PV Ramana, Chairman of the Institute of Technology Management Group, Mumbai Doctor of Education
  2007 (November)
  Lord Neil Kinnock, Chair of the British Council, politician and former Leader of the Labour party Doctor of the University
  Ken McCulloch, hotelier (1 Devonshire Gardens, Malmaison and Dakota) Doctor of Business Administration
  Magnus Linklater, journalist and editor Doctor of Letters
  2007 (July)
  Brian Cox, actor Doctor of Letters
  Mel Young, journalist, social entrepreneur and Founder of the Big Issue in Scotland Doctor of the University
  Janet Lowe CBE, former Principal of Lauder College (now Carnegie College) and member of the Scottish Funding Council Doctor of Education
  Robert Black FRSE, Auditor General for Scotland Doctor of Business Administration
  Professor John D M H Laver CBE, world leader in phonetics Doctor of Letters
  Catherine Lockerbie, former Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Doctor of Letters
  Rt Hon George Reid MSP, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament Doctor of University
  2005 (November)

  Professor Margaret Alexander CBE, former Chair of the National Board of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting of Scotland, and former Director of the Centre for the Older Persons’ Agenda (COPA) Doctor of University
  Professor Raj Singh Bhopal CBE, Professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh Doctor of Science
  2005 (July)

  Dr Barbara Kelly CBE, broadcaster and public servant Doctor of University
  Liz Lochhead, Scottish poet and dramatist Doctor of Letters
  Sir John Ward CBE, former Chief Executive of IBM Scotland and former Chair of Scottish Enterprise Doctor of University
  2004 (November)

  Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, independent film producer Doctor of Letters
  2004 (July)

  Joan Bakewell CBE, broadcaster and campaigner for the rights of older people Doctor of Letters
  Professor Gary Kielhofner, internationally recognised occupational therapist and educationalist Doctor of Science
  The Rt Hon Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT FBA FRSE, former Principal of the University of Edinburgh and author of the Sutherland Report on free personal care for the elderly Doctor of Letters
  Professor the Lord Quirk of Bloomsbury KT CBE FBA, international expert in linguistics and the English language Doctor of Science
  2003 (November)

  Professor Donald Leach CBE Doctor of Education
  2003 (July)

  Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, distinguished academic, law scholar and former Member of the European Parliament (SNP) Doctor of Letters
  Professor Janet Finch, leading UK social scientist and former Chancellor of Keele University Doctor of Education
  Michel Tremblay, playwright Doctor of Letters
  2002 (November)

  Niall Bowen, Managing Director of Nutricia Ltd Doctor of Business Administration
  Vera Weisfeld, philanthropist and Founder of the phenomenally successful retail giant ‘What Everyone Wants’ Doctor of Business Administration
  2002 (July)

  Ronnie Corbett OBE, Scotland’s best loved entertainer Doctor of Letters
  Sir Tom Farmer CBE, Scotland’s leading and most highly respected entrepreneur Doctor of University
  Professor Peter Ladefoged, distinguished phonetician Doctor of Science
  Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rocco Forte Hotels Ltd Doctor of Business Administration
  Mr Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s most successful golfers Doctor of Business Administration
  2001 (November)

  Professor Clive Perry OBE, former Professor of Theatre at Queen Margaret College Doctor of Letters
  2001 (July)

  The Baroness Linklater of Butterstone, authority on the penal system and promoter of education for children with special needs Doctor of University
  Edith MacArthur MBE, Scottish actor Doctor of Letters
  Peter Taylor OBE, entrepreneur, leading hospitality specialist and Founder of the Town House Collection (group of luxury boutique hotels in Scotland) Doctor of Business Administration
  2000 (November)

  Canon Kenyon Wright Doctor of Letters
  Dr Wilma Steedman Doctor of Science

Joyce McMillan, Journalist

Doctor of Letters
  2000 (July)

  Andrew Cubie CBE
Senior Partner, Fyfe Ireland WS
Convenor, Independant Inquiry into
Student Finance
Doctor of Letters
  Dr Dereck Doyle OBE
First Medical Director of St Columba's
Doctor of Science
  Dr Wali Uddin
Leading figure in Bangladeshi
Community and successful restaurateur
Doctor of Business Administration
  Professor Sir John Arbuthnott
Distinguished microbiologist and biochemist
Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde University
Doctor of Science
  Dame Judi Dench
Doctor of Letters
  The Rt Hon The Countess of Elgin and Kincardine Doctor of University

  Derek Cooper OBE
Doctor of Letters
  Dr John Baynham CBE
Former Chairman of
Lothian Health Board
Doctor of University
  Tom Fleming CVO OBE
Doctor of Letters
  Anne Jarvie OBE
Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland
Doctor of Science

  Dr Campbell Christie CBE
Retiring General Secretary, STUC
Doctor of Letters
  Professor Mary Marshall OBE
Director of Dementia Services
University of Stirling
Doctor of Education
  Peter J Lederer CBE
Managing Director
Gleneagles Hotel
Doctor of Business Administration

  George Borthwick CBE Doctor of Business Administration
  Sir David Carter Doctor of Science
  Professor Blaise Cronin Doctor of Letters
  Prue Leith OBE Doctor of Letters

  Professor David Crystal OBE Doctor of Science
  Mary Cunningham MBE Doctor of Science
  Joan Knight OBE Doctor of Letters

  Graham Maitland Bowie CBE Doctor of Letters
  Dr Lisbeth Hockey OBE Doctor of Science
  Russell Hunter Doctor of Letters
  Una McLean Doctor of Letters
  Professor Leslie Rodger Doctor of Letters

  HRH Princess Alice,
Duchess of Gloucester
Doctor of
  Ann Gloag Doctor of Business Administration
  Sir Peter Heatly CBE Doctor of Letters
  Rev Colin R Martin Doctor of Letters
  Claudine Lapsley Morgan Doctor of Education

  Ester Cotton Doctor of Education

  William Rough Bryden Master of Letters
  Malcolm David Mill (Calum Mill) Master of Arts

  Margaret Gibson Auld Doctor of Science

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