Honorary graduates of the University of Greenwich (by year graduated) University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich confers honorary degrees on persons of distinction who either have made major contributions to the work of the university or have earned distinction for activities associated more widely with: education, business, culture, creative work, public service or sport.

Browse honorary graduates of the University of Greenwich by year below, or browse by surname here.

Honorary graduates in July 2016

The Hon Mr Justice Cranston, HonLLD

High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division

An academic lawyer, Sir Ross Cranston was appointed as a High Court judge in 2007. He previously served as a Labour Party MP and as Solicitor General for England and Wales. He lives locally in Greenwich and is a member of the university's School of Law Advisory Forum. His honorary award recognises his outstanding career in law and public service

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Friday 22 July 2016

Dr Kevin Fewster, HonDLitt

Director, Royal Museums Greenwich

Dr Fewster oversees the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the Cutty Sark. He has enjoyed a distinguished career both in this country and in his native Australia, A Member of the Order of Australia, which he received for services to museum administration and to the preservation of maritime history, he is also President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Thursday 21 July 2016

Marti-Franch-Batllori, HonDDes

Landscape Architect

A University of Greenwich graduate, Marti Franch Batllori has been described by Harvard Design Magazine as one of the most influential contemporary landscape architects of his generation. His many awards include the Rosa Barber Prize (2012), the highest award in his profession, and the Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Thursday 21 July 2016

Sir William McAlpine, HonDUniv

Philanthropist and businessman

Sir William McAlpine has spent a large part of his career supporting good causes, many of which are heritage related. He has a long association with the university, having given his time and expertise on many occasions. His working career was spent in the construction company Robert McAlpine Ltd, the family business, where he served for many years as Director.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Monday 18 July 2016

The Viscount De L'Isle, HonDUniv

Lord Lieutenant of Kent

The Viscount De L'Isle (Philip Sidney) receives his award in recognition of his services to the county of Kent and its many charitable organisations. A former Army Major, and Member of the House of Lords (1991-99), he is president or patron of more than 20 county organisations including the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society and the Medway Branch Royal Aeronautical Society.

Graduated at Rochester Cathedral, Thursday 28 July 2016

Honorary graduates in July 2015

Dr Thomas Dolan, HonDSc

Vice-President, Pfizer

As Vice-President of Pfizer, one of the world's premier biopharmaceutical companies, Dr Dolan is responsible for the Global Drug Product Design and Supply function in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and is also Head of the company's Sandwich site. His honorary degree recognises his commitment both to pharmacy and to pharmaceutical science education at the university.

Graduated at Rochester Cathedral, Thursday 23 July 2015

Trevor Goul-Wheeker, HonMBA

Chairman, Green Star Media and Blackwell Ltd

The seniority of Trevor Goul-Wheeker's roles in a range of business sectors and companies, including WHSmith Retail and Reed Health Group, makes him one of the university's most distinguished business alumni. As Chair of the university's Business Advisory Board since 2012, he has played a key role in Greenwich's student employability and entrepreneurship programmes.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Monday 13 July 2015

Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE DL, HonDLitt

General Editor, National Maritime Museum

Peter van der Merwe, an acclaimed writer on British maritime history, has been a key member of the National Maritime Museum for 40 years, and has made an outstanding contribution to culture and heritage throughout his career, Deputy Lieutenant for Greenwich, his MBE in 2012 recognised his services both to national life and his local community.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Thursday 16 July 2015

Edward Walker-Arnott QC, HonLLD

Solicitor / Consultant for Herbert Smith Freehills

Edward Walker-Arnott has been with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills throughout his long and distinguished career. His many senior appointments include that of Governor, South Bank Centre (1999-2009) and Governor, The Wellcome Trust (2000-2010), and he has been involved in many high-profile cases. His expertise and guidance has also greatly benefited the university.

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Thursday 16 July 2015

Honorary graduates in October 2014

Margaret Mizen, HonDUniv

Founder of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation

Margaret Mizen is a co-founder of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. Set up by the Mizen family following Jimmy's murder in 2008, the foundation's mission is to make life safer for young people by promoting community participation and increasing awareness of the consequences of violent crime. She is a champion for young people, families and communities

Graduated at Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Tuesday 28 October 2014


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