Honorary degrees for author, mountaineer and scientist

View of John Anderson Campus from the north

A children’s author, history-making mountaineer and the chief scientific advisor to the Scottish Government are amongst the recipients of honorary degrees from the University of Strathclyde.

The University will award the honorary degrees as part of its November graduations ceremonies taking place during the week beginning 5 November, which will also see students from a variety of programmes receive their degree certificates.

The honorary degree recipients are:

  • Modesta Kanjaye, Director of Water Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development of the Government of Malawi (Doctor of Science),
  • Arunima Sinha, former India national volleyball player and the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest (Doctor of the University),
  • Debi Gliori, author and illustrator, best-known for her Mr Bear picture book series and Pure Dead series (Doctor of Literature),
  • Professor Sheila Rowan, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Glasgow and chief scientific advisor to the Scottish Government (Doctor of Science),
  • Hugh Hall, Principal of Fife College and former Chief Operating Officer of the University of Strathclyde (Doctor of the University)
  • Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee (Doctor of the University)
  • Dr Jack Perry CBE, former Deputy Convener of the Court and Treasurer of the University of Strathclyde (Doctor of the University),
  • Stewart Saunders MBE, former Managing Director of Manweb (Doctor of the University),
  • Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey (Doctor of the University).

The honorary graduands will join an international community of more than 170,000 alumni, of whom more than a quarter are based overseas.