Honorary graduates

At the annual graduation ceremonies, Southampton Solent University awards honorary degrees to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fields of education, arts, sports, maritime studies and engineering.

A selection of these awards are: 








  • James Braithwaite CBE, Doctor of Business
  • Rachel Burnett, Doctor of Technology
  • Craig David, Doctor of Music
  • Jeremy Irons, Doctor of Arts
  • Jean Leake, Master of Business Administration
  • Jenny Packham, Doctor of Arts
  • Kenneth Gregory CBE, Doctor of the University
  • John Greaves, Honorary Fellow

2007 :

  • Fiona Phillips, Master of Arts
  • Professor Roger Brown, Doctor of the University
  • Ben Ainslie OBE, Doctor of Sport
  • Greg Dyke, Doctor of Arts


  • Michael Grade OBE, Doctor of Business Administration
  • David Bunce, Honorary Fellow
  • Shane Warne, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Admiral the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC, Doctor of the University 


  • Charlie Dimmock, Doctor of Business Administration
  • Michael Eavis CBE, Doctor of Music
  • David Heffer, Doctor of Education 


  • Professor Lord Robert Winston, Doctor of Technology 
  • Edward Dubois, Doctor of Design
  • Dame Elizabeth Neville DBE QPM, Doctor of Laws


  • Matthew Le Tissier, Master of Arts
  • Auriol Stevens, Doctor of Letters
  • Murray Walker OBE, Doctor of Letters


  • Sir Michael Bichard KCB, Doctor of Letters
  • Rod Carr, Master of Business Administration


  • Robin Smith, Doctor of Arts
  • Sir Stuart Hampson, Doctor of Business Administration


  • David Quayle, Master of Arts (Deceased)
  • Eva Jiricna CBE, Doctor of Technology


  • Ralph Grey MBE, Master of Arts
  • Professor Brian Allen, Doctor of Letters


  • Leslie Thomas OBE, Doctor of Letters
  • Lord Montague of Beaulieu, Doctor of Technology
  • Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson OBE, Doctor of Business Administration


  • Sir Trevor McDonald, Doctor of Letters
  • Helen Sharman OBE, Doctor of Science

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