Archive for honorary degrees

‘Cost of honorary degrees at NI universities too high’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“The SDLP has said the cost of awarding honorary degrees at Northern Ireland universities is unacceptable. Liam Neeson, Feargal Sharkey and Tony Blair are among those who have recently been honoured by local institutions …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 January]

The ugly truth behind honorary degrees

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“… Universities are handing out degrees to people who are not remotely academically distinguished and often have no/very tenuous connection with the academic institution, as there are absolutely no prerequisites to receiving an honorary degree. Hollywood actor, Orlando Bloom was awarded a degree very recently, by University of Kent, at the Canterbury Cathedral. The reason is simply because he grew up in Canterbury …” (more)

[Mahfooz’s Expositions, 26 July]

Fiddling with education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A former Aston Villa footballer and an acclaimed traditional musician were just two of a host of well-known personalities to receive honorary doctorates at NUIG this week. Eamonn ‘Chick’ Deasy, who also played for Galway United, received an honorary Masters degree in recognition of his achievements on the pitch in the 1980s. Internationally acclaimed traditional musician Frankie Gavin and RTE Northern Editor Tommie Gorman also received honorary degrees …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 21 October]

Kidney ‘blown away’ by honorary doctorate offer

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 25 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Irish rugby head coach, Declan Kidney is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick in recognition of his huge contribution to Irish sport, it was confirmed yesterday. The ceremony will take place at the UL Concert Hall on September 22. Mr Kidney led the Irish rugby side to a grand slam this year. His successes as coach include a World Cup with the Ireland under 19 side and two Heineken Cup wins with Munster …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 25 August]

Too many doctors in the house?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 11 March 2009 by Steve

“Last year – in 2008 – Dublin City University (DCU) awarded two honorary doctorates, both at the same ceremony. On this occasion the awards were given to Mrs Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, and to Dr Martin McAleese; they were intended to mark the contribution of both to Ireland’s culture and education, and more particularly also to their vital role in promoting and supporting peace in Northern Ireland. They both spoke movingly at the ceremony about the ideals of scholarship, and of tolerance and peace. And I believe we were able to present this as a very special occasion, not least because theirs were the first honorary degrees DCU had awarded for a while, and because no others were awarded that year. During the same year, perhaps some 45 or so honorary doctorates were awarded in other universities in the state. Actually I am guessing, it may have been more. In fact it has been DCU’s policy since I became President in 2000 to award honorary doctorates sparingly, and to avoid awarding them to individuals whose main claim was their celebrity status …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 March]

Attenborough, Pratchett to receive TCD degrees

Posted in Life with tags , on 13 December 2008 by Steve

“Naturalist Sir David Attenborough and popular writer Terry Pratchett are among a number of recipients who will be awarded honorary degrees at Trinity College Dublin later today. Sir David will be conferred with a Doctor in Letters (Litt. D) for his significant contribution to natural history and broadcasting over the past 50 years. Terry Prachett, the author of the famous Discworld series of books, is also to be conferred with a Doctor in Letters (Litt. D). His work has sold more than 55 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 33 languages …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 12 December]