Individuals receive Honorary Degrees for many different kinds of achievement – intellectual, political, artistic. This time we’re looking at those who have excelled in sport.
We’ve noted several such sporting heroes here before.
In the world of football, Robbie Savage, former player and now prominent pundit picked up an Honorary at Glyndwr. Kevin Phillips, former Sunderland footballer, was honoured by Sunderland University, at least in part for being a Sunderland footballer. For his outstanding and lengthy football career (rather than his temporary stint as manager at Old Trafford presumably), no writs can prevent us knowing that Ryan Giggs has been awarded a degree by Bolton.
Also in the great world of football the legendary Kenny Dalglish was honoured by Ulster University and Bishop Grosseteste University made sure that former goalkeeper Ray Clemence held on to an Honorary there. Back in 2014 Hofstra University chose to honour the extraordinary achievements of Pele.
Brendan Rogers, the current Celtic but then Liverpool manager, picked up a doctorate from sport-focussed Ulster.
And in a different kind of football altogether, two Rooneys (not Wayne and Coleen) received honorary degrees for their contributions over many years including to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Punching well above their weight boxers Carl Froch and Nicola Adams were honoured by Nottingham Trent University and the University of Leeds respectively. Meanwhile Amir Khan fought his way to an Honorary Degree from the University of Bolton.
(Note article amended 16/11/16 to reflect the fact that the Honorary Degree for Ray Clemence was awarded by Bishop Grosseteste University and not Lincoln University as was previously stated in error. Many apologies for the mistake.)