From 2015 the University has awarded honorary doctorates to coincide with the conferment of Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) by the Privy Council.

From 2000 we have awarded honorary degrees up to and including Master of Arts, Education and Science and Fellowships.

Prior to this awards were made through the Honorary Degrees Committee of the University of Southampton.




Honorary awards 1990 to date


Michael ‘Herbie’ Blash

Former FIA Deputy Race Director at Formula One and one of the major architects of F1

Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Laurie Borg

One of this Country’s leading television and film producers

Honorary Doctor of Arts

Professor Elizabeth (Lisa) Hall CBE

First female Professor of Queens’ College Cambridge and Vice-President of the College. President of DSUK (Disability Snowsport UK

Honorary Doctor of Science

Sarah Kempson

Captain of England Ladies’ Beach Soccer Team and member of Lewes FC Women’s first-team

Honorary Master of Sport

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Chineke! Europe’s first professional orchestra and Junior orchestra of majority black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians

Honorary Doctor of Music

Hope Powell CBE

Former England international footballer and manager and currently women’s first-team manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. First woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence: the highest coaching qualification available

Honorary Doctor of Sport

The Earl of Selborne GBE, FRS, DL

Peer, ecological expert and businessman. Chairman of the Foundation for Science and Technology

Honorary Doctor of Science




Saskia Clark MBE and Hannah Mills MBE

Olympic Gold and Silver Medallists and first British pairing to become world champions in the Women’s 470 class.

Honorary Doctor of Science

Nick Dempsey

Olympic silver medallist windsurfer and first man to hold two windsurfing world titles.

Honorary Doctor of Science

Emma Wiggs MBE

Paralympic gold medal winner and six-time World Champion paracanoeist.

Honorary Doctor of Education

Clive Behagg OBE

Former Vice-Chancellor of the University. Clive worked at Chichester for nearly 41 years.

Honorary Doctor of the University

Tanika Gupta MBE FRSL

Award winning playwright who fights for social justice and social inclusion.

Honorary Doctor of Theatre

Liz Aggiss

Award winning, Brighton based dance artist, choreographer and filmmaker with a long established connection to the University’s Dance Department.

Honorary Doctor of Art

Ruth Valerio

Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund and author.

Honorary Doctor of Divinity

Benita Mehra

President and Trustee of the Women’s Engineering Society.

Honorary Doctor of Science

Greg Valerio

Founder of CRED (Christian Relief Education and Development), a development education network on the south coast of England and CRED Jewellery, the pioneering fine jewellery company.

Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Harry Gregson-Williams

One of Hollywood’s most sort after composers, whose scores span the spectrum of high-profile projects from action to drama to animation.

Honorary Doctor of Music


Barbara Smith

Former Deputy Director of the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (WSIHE) and Head of Bognor College

Honorary Doctor of Education

Tony Bernard

Charity fundraiser for the Steve Bernard Foundation set up in memory of Steve Bernard

Honorary Master of Arts

Carl Davis CBE


Honorary Doctor of Music


Philip Robinson

First Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chichester

Honorary Doctor of the University

Vic Goddard

Alumnus of the University of Chichester, headteacher and writer

Honorary Doctor of Education

Shobana Jeyasingh

Leading choreographer

Honorary Doctor of Arts

Kari Fasting

A founding member of Women Sport International and researcher in women and sport

Honorary Doctor of Science


Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE, FRSL, FKC, DL and Mrs Clare Morpurgo MBE

Contribution to children’s literature and founding members of Farms for Children

Honorary Fellowship

Alexandra Danson MBE

Hockey player, Olympic Bronze Medalist at the London 2012 games

Honorary MSc

Jonathan Veira

Internationally renowned baritone

Honorary MA

Nick Warburton

Novelist and script writer to stage, television and radio

Honorary Fellowship

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Actor and campaigner for LGBT issues

Honorary MA


The Duchess of Richmond and Gordon

Promotion of Charity work at national and local level

Honorary Fellowship

Saskia Clark and

Hannah Mills

Top British 470 Women’s Team (World Title 2012) and success in 2012 London Olympics,

Honorary MSc

Yvette Baker, Katie Clark, Katrina Dawkins, Olivia Federici, Jennifer Knobbs, Victoria Lucass, Asha Randall, Jenna Randall and Katherine Skelton


Biz Price and

Loredana Montico

GB Synchronised Swimming Team – 6th place at London 2012, the first time a British team had performed at the Olympics in one of only two Women only sports


National Performance Director

National Coach

Honorary MSc

Phil Packer MBE

Fund Raiser for Sports Relief, Help for Heroes, and founding BRIT the British Inspirational Trust to support young people facing adversity

Honorary MA (Ed)


Dr Anita White, OBE

Promotion of Women in Sport

Honorary Fellowship

Hilary Bevan Jones

TV Producer and former Chair of BAFTA

Honorary MA

David Maidment, OBE

Founder of The Railway Children, charity

Honorary MA(Ed)


Emilian Dascal

Solo Viola with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Head of Strings at the St Gallen Conservatoire

Honorary Fellowship

Professor Jo Shapcott

President of the Poetry Society, Winner of the Poetry Category in the Costa Book Award 2010

Honorary Fellowship

Talan Skeels-Piggins

University of Chichester alumnus, Paralympian and European Champion in the Super G and founder of The Motorbike Experience charity

Honorary Master of Arts (Education)


Andy Brown

Founder, London Metropolitan Orchestra

Honorary MA

Dame Gillian Pugh

Children’s Charity and Adviser to House of Commons Select Committee on children, schools and families

Honorary Fellowship

Professor Celia Brackenridge

Former International Athlete and work in child protection in sport

Honorary Fellowship


Wayne Hemingway MBE


Honorary Fellowship

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE


Honorary Fellowship

The Earl of March and Kinrara

Business Services

Honorary Fellowship

Sir Jim Rose, CBE, FRSA

Leading educationalist

Honorary Fellowship

Stephen Park, OBE

Olympic Sailing Manager

Honorary MSc

Sarah Ayton, OBE

Olympic Sailing Gold Medallist 2004/2008

Honorary MSc

Sarah Webb, OBE

Olympic Sailing Gold Medallist 2004/2008

Honorary MSc

Pippa Wilson, MBE

Olympic Sailing Gold Medallist 2008

Honorary MSc


David Suchet, CBE


Honorary Fellowship

Richard Woodhall

Boxer and Broadcaster

Honorary MSc

Margaret Talbot, OBE

Promotion of Sport for Women and Girls

Honorary Fellowship

Diana Levantine

Charity work for families with terminally ill children

Honorary MA

Kate Shaw, MBE

Charity work for families with terminally ill children

Honorary MA

Hugh R Wyatt

Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex

Honorary Fellowship


Simon Brett

Crime-writer and playwright

Honorary MA

David Hopkinson, DL

Chair of Pallant House Art Gallery

Honorary Fellowship

Dr John Jarvis

Chair of Planning for Economic Partnership & Business

Honorary Fellowship

Professor Jay Coakley

Emeritus Professor, University of Colorado, USA

Honorary Fellowship

J Carlos Dizy Hernandez

Environmental Education

Honorary MA


Kate Mosse

Author and Broadcaster

Honorary MA

(The late) Margaret Johnson DL

Chairman, West Sussex County Council

Honorary MA

Jenny Bulled

Headteacher, Henry Cort Specialist College

Honorary MA (Ed)

David Rudkin

Director, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester

Honorary MA


Dr Colin White

Deputy Curator of the Royal Naval Museum and Director, Trafalgar 200

Honorary MA

Professor Malcolm Payne

Contribution to community work and mental health, and to the Probation Service. 

Honorary Fellowship

Professor David Candy

Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Honorary Fellowship

Lindsey Fraser

UK Coach to the British Diving Team

Honorary MSc

Peter Waterfield &  Leon Taylor

2004 Olympic Silver Medallists for synchronised diving

Honorary MSc

David Wood

Author of children’s books, plays and screenplays.  Former pupil of Chichester High School for Boys

Honorary MA


Philip Jackson, DL


Honorary MA

Margaret Bamford

Charity work with Children in Belarus/Chair of Surrey & Sussex PQ Consortium for Social Work

Honorary MA

(the late) Sir Michael Marshall

Former UCC Trustee/Festival Theatre

Honorary Fellow

John Shippam

Chair of Governors of St Anthony’s School, Chichester

Honorary MA (Ed)

Livia Caprara

‘Friends of Chichester Association’ in Ravenna, Italy

Honorary MA


Mr Richard Alston


UCC Honorary MA

Mr Richard Gibson

Chichester Film Society

UCC Honorary MA

Mr James Brathwaite

Chief Executive, SEEDA

UCC Honorary Fellow

Ms Dale Rooks

Special Needs Teacher

UCC Honorary MA

Mr Alan Kaye

Former CE/Director of Education, Isle of Wight

UCC Honorary Fellow


Stefan van Raay

Hon Curator of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

UCC Honorary MA

Andrew Welch

Director, Chichester Festival Theatre

UCC Honorary MA

(The late) Prof Dennis Marsden


UCC Honorary Fellow

Sir Ben Ainslie

Olympic Gold Medallist, Yachting

UCC Honorary MSc

Adrienne Quarmby

Special Needs Teacher in Maths – Isle of Wight

UCC Honorary MA

Dr John Mason

South Downs Planetarium Trust

UCC Honorary MSc


John Derbyshire

Olympic Coach for Yachting

UCC Honorary MSc

Iain Percy, MBE

Olympic Gold Medallist, Yachting

UCC Honorary MSc

Shirley Robertson, OBE

Olympic Gold Medallist, Yachting

UCC Honorary MSc

Ian Irwin

National Coach for Amateur Boxing Association

UCC Honorary MSc

Patricia Routledge DBE


UCC Honorary MA

Dr Alan Hayes, CBE

Former Chairman of Governors

UCC Honorary Fellow

The  (late) Rt Revd Dr Eric Kemp

Former Lord Bishop of Chichester

UCC Honorary Fellow

Peter Keen

British Cycling Federation

UCC Honorary MSc


Professor Roy Farrar

Deputy VC, University of Southampton

Honorary PhD - Southampton

Dr Brian Rigby

Former Assistant Director, UCC

UCC Honorary MA

Mr Richard Williamson

Conservationist, Kingley Vale Warden

UCC Honorary MSc


(The late) Hazel Hellyer

Assistant Registrar, University College Chichester

Honorary M A – Southampton

Professor Gordon McGregor

Emeritus Professor of the University of Leeds, former Institute Deputy Director

Honorary Doctor of Literature – Southampton

Professor Dr Christine Keitel-Kreidt

Professor for Mathematics Education and Pedagogy at the free University of Berlin

Honorary Doctor of Science - Southampton

Note: All Awards up to and including 1999 were made through the Honorary Degrees Committee

of the University of Southampton.  From 2000, Chichester has awarded honorary degrees up to and including

Master of Arts, Education or Science plus Honorary Fellowships.


Dr James Gorrie

Principal, Chichester College (CCoAST)

Hon D. Litt – Southampton


(The late) Christopher Zeuner

Dr Ray Peacock

Director of Weald & Downland Open-Air Museum

Steering Groups for maths, former Governor

Honorary MA – Southampton

Honorary D.Sc –Southampton


Dr John Wyatt

Mr Derek Casey

West Sussex/Chichester Institute 1977 – 1996

Chief Executive of Sports Council

Honorary D.Litt –Southampton

Honorary D.Sc –Southampton


(The late) Ted Walker

Fellow of Royal Society of Literature

Honorary D.Litt –Southampton


Mr Bobby Wellins

The late Patrick Garland

Ms Jane Lane

British Jazz Musician of the Year

Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre and Director

Commission for Racial Equality

Honorary Fellowship

Honorary D.Litt –Southampton

Honorary Fellow of Institute


YBhg Dato’ Asiah binte Abut Samah

Minister for Education, Malaysia

Hon D of Sc in the Soc Sc – Southampton

1992 No awards





Professor Jenifer Wilson-Barnet

Hd  of Nursing, King’s College, London

Honorary Fellowship


The (late) Very Rev Robert T Holtby 

Prof Kenneth J Rawson

(The late) Peter Sarginson

Dean Emeritus of Chichester

Dean of Education at Brunel University

Principal of West Dean College

Honorary Fellowship Institute

Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship



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