Roy Hodgson awarded honorary degree

Honorary doctorates have been awarded to seven for their contributions to society

England manager Roy Hodgson was among the seven honorary doctorates awarded by the University of York this January.

Every year, the University confers honorary degrees on people who have made a significant contribution to society. Honorary graduates are selected from nominations by members of the University and often have existing links with academic departments or are York alumni.

2016’s graduates also include an acclaimed writer and broadcaster, a leading humanitarian, and the UK’s senior Law Lord.

Roy Hodgson


Roy Hodgson was appointed manager of the England national football team on 1 May 2012. His 36-year career as a manager began with Swedish club Halmstad in 1976 and England is the fourth national team he has managed. At club level Roy Hodgson managed top clubs such as Internazionale and Udinese, Blackburn Rovers, Malmo, FC Copenhagen and Grasshoppers.

York University Student Union sports president Grace Clarke, told the York Press before the ceremony: “I don’t think he realises how many people’s lives he will be changing in that room. He’s going to make a big difference. He’s really inspirational, he will be presenting qualities that we hope to embed across the university.

“He’s an ambassador of grass roots sports and a lot of work that he does for the FA also encourages working with young people.”

Armando IannucciArmando_Iannucci_at_Cheltenham_Literary_Festival_2010_(tighter_crop)

Armando Iannucci has written and produced a number of critically acclaimed television and radio comedy shows. The screenplay for his film In The Loop was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards, and his iconic series for the BBC, The Thick of It, was nominated for 13 BAFTAs, winning five during its four-series run.

The latest series of his lauded HBO comedy Veep took home a number of Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. He is currently adapting a new version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield for the big screen, as well as a feature film about the death of Stalin. Iannucci has been a regular columnist for The Observer, The Telegraph and Gramophone, and has published several books.

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Professor Somerville is a pioneering plant and microbial biologist. Beginning in the late 1970s, Professor Somerville and several colleagues started to organise a community around a suite of experimental methods for understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying plant growth and development in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The community grew to more than 16,000 scientists and the research culminated in the first plant genome sequence in 2000. Most recently his research involves investigating biofuel production from plant biomass.

A member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Canada, he has received numerous scientific awards, and cofounded six scientific journals and four biotechnology companies. He has published more than 230 scientific papers and patents in plant and microbial genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. He is currently the Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute.

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE, FRProfessor the Lord Darzi, Chair of WISH speaking at the press conference-9S

Professor Darzi is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is also Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Chair of Imperial College Health Partners.

From 2009 to 2013, he was the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences and he has been a member of the Privy Council since 2009. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2002, he was knighted for his services to medicine and surgery.

Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A Dallaire OC, CMM, GOQ, MSC, CD (Retired)Dallaire-7957

The Honourable Roméo Dallaire achieved the rank of Lieutenant General and Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the Canadian Military. He served as a Canadian Senator from March 2005 to June 2014.

General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. His experiences there became the subject of the book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Medically released in 2000 due to post-traumatic stress disorder, General Dallaire has since worked as an author, lecturer, and humanitarian.

His most recent book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, introduces the child solider phenomenon. In 2007, he founded the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers globally. General Dallaire is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, and a Commander of the Order of Military Merit. Among other honours, he has received the United Nations Association of Canada’s Pearson Peace Medal and the Harvard University Humanist Award.

The Lord Neuberger of AbbotsburyPatron Lord_Neuberger_Photo

Lord Neuberger is a judge and has been President of the UK’s Supreme Court since 2012, covering English, Welsh and Northern Irish law and Scottish civil law. A Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, he became Master of the Rolls in 2009.

In 1996, he was appointed High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. In 2007, he was made a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury. He led a Bar Council investigation into widening access to the Bar, and served on the Panel on Fair Access to the profession.

Chairman of the Schizophrenia Trust from 2003 until 2013, Baron Neuberger is now a Trustee of Mental Health Research UK. He also serves as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

Edmund de Waal, OBEedmunddewaal-070-1

Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading artists. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and ceramics in both England and Japan.

He is best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, which have been exhibited in many museums and galleries around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, the National Museums of Scotland and Wales and most recently, the Royal Academy. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been published in over 30 languages and won the Costa Biography Award and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

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Edmund de Waal was recently awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction, given annually by Yale University. His latest book, The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts, was published in September by Chatto & Windus. He currently lives and works in London.