Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates
The University confers Honorary Fellowships and Doctorates at most of its graduations each year. These are awarded in recognition of outstanding service. Contributions or achievements in the fields of education or public life are honoured.
These are awarded to individuals who have a substantial connection with our University, Kent, or whose work is strongly associated with our University's academic disciplines.
These are recommended for an individual who meets the criteria for an Honorary Fellowship, but has also made an outstanding national, or international contribution to public life.
Honorary Graduands that have been conferred by the University in the past years can be viewed by selecting the appropriate year from the drop-down below.
Our Honorary Graduates
During our September 2017 ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral, we welcomed back alumna Kate Blewett, well-known producer and director with 125 awards including a BAFTA for Best Documentary and six US Emmys for Outstanding Achievement, and alumnus Phil Gallagher, who found fame with his incredibly popular children’s character Mister Maker and in 2009 was nominated for Best Presenter at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.
Honorary Doctorates were awarded to Sandra Matthews-Marsh, for her achievements in a 25 year career, in both the local and national tourism industry, and Former Pro Chancellor and Chair of the University’s Governing Body, Stephen Clark TD in recognition of his significant personal contribution to the University.
In the video, the four recipients of our honorary awards share what Canterbury Christ Church University means to them, and what advice they have for our graduating students.
View the full list of the University's Honorary Graduates