See below for the list of Queen Margaret University Honorary Degrees (1987-2020).



Professor Petra Wend Phd, FRSA, FRSE, Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University Degree of Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa
Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival  Degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa
Kevin Browne-MacLeod, Director at Who Cares? Scotland Degree of Doctor of the University, Honoris Causa



Marie O'Keefe, Former Chief Executive of Leuchie House Degree of Doctor of the University, Honoris Causa



Alice Thompson, Co-Founder of The Social Bite Degree of Doctor of the University, Honoris Causa
Ann Southwood, Former Principal of Newbattle Abbey College  Degree of Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa



Iain Smith OBE, International Film Producer Degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa



Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s Doctor of the University
Keir Bloomer, education leader Doctor of the University




Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia Doctor of the University
Laura Young, Founder of The Teapot Trust charity Doctor of the University


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


Nigel Osborne, talented composer and former Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh Doctor of Letters
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


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



David Duke, founder of the social enterprise, Street Soccer Scotland Doctor of the University
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 CBE RA (click to read oration), internationally renowned painter Doctor of Letters
Jonathan Mills (click to read oration), Director of the Edinburgh International Festival Doctor of the University
Alan Bain (click to read oration), international business professional and President of the American-Scottish Foundation Doctor of the University
Sally Brown OBE FRSE (click to read oration), educationalist and former Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling Doctor of the University
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)

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, former Chief Executive of CALA Homes Doctor of Business Administration
Susan Rice, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland Doctor of Business Administration
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 Hospice 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, Actress Doctor of Letters
The Rt Hon The Countess of Elgin and Kincardine Doctor of University


Derek Cooper OBE, Journalist Doctor of Letters
Dr John Baynham CBE, Former Chairman of Lothian Health Board Doctor of University
Tom Fleming CVO OBE, Actor/Poet/Playwright/Commentator 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