Honorary graduates

Honorary Graduates from Teesside University

Each year we confer honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field, their contribution to the region or society or service to the University.

Recipients come from the worlds of science, art, academia, industry, politics, medicine, entertainment and include former staff and students. Honorary graduates include Steve McClaren, Richard Griffiths, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ray Harryhausen.

The honorary awards are conferred at the final awards ceremony of Academic Awards week, in November each year.

2014 Honorary Graduates



Sandy  Anderson OBE DL FREng FIChemE Sandy Anderson OBE DL FREng FIChemE , Doctor of Laws

Sandy Anderson was, until January this year, Chair of the University Board of Governors. He is Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and among many other roles, former Senior Vice-President (Technology), ICI, and former Chair of DigitalCity, Ensus UK and Teesside Tomorrow.

Richard BarkerRichard Barker, Doctor of Business Administration

Richard Barker is Chairman of furniture company Barker & Stonehouse. He joined the company (co-founded by his father) in 1960 and, under his leadership, it has grown to be a major national employer and a leading retailer in its field. It is the largest family-owned furniture company in the UK.

Professor James Caldwell, DSc Professor James Caldwell, DSc , Doctor in Professional Achievement

Jim Caldwell is a leading global academic in mathematical modelling. He gained his PhD here and also his Doctor of Science (our most senior academic award). He has worked both in industry and academia and was recently made an Honorary Professor of the Open University of Hong Kong.

Her Honour Judge Gillian Matthews QCHer Honour Judge Gillian Matthews QC, Doctor of Laws

Judge Gillian Matthews is a distinguished local judge. She is a former Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge and currently Designated Civil Judge for Teesside. She is the first ever female QC to come from Middlesbrough and one of only two women in the country to be a Designated Civil Judge.

Bob  MortimerBob Mortimer, Doctor in Professional Achievement

Bob Mortimer is a Middlesbrough born actor and comedian. He is best known for his double act with Vic Reeves through shows like Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and House of Fools. He owns an independent production company and is recognised as a highly innovative performer, writer and producer.

David Muckle DSc David Muckle DSc , Doctor in Professional Achievement

David Muckle is a leading orthopaedic surgeon. He was a member of the team that invented Ibuprofen and author of over 200 published articles. He is medical adviser to many sporting organisations including the Football Association. He is a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the School of Science & Engineering.

Alan  Ransome, OBEAlan Ransome, OBE, Doctor in Professional Achievement

Alan Ransome is one of the leading figures in international table tennis over the last 50 years. He has coached England, won the European Championships with Ormesby, and is a leading local and national coach, organiser of the World Student Games, media commentator and ex-Chairman of the English Table Tennis Association and Chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation. He coached the Great Britain team at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Alison Thain OBE FCIH Alison Thain OBE FCIH , Doctor of Business Administration

Alison Thain is the Group Chief Executive of the housing association Thirteen, having previously been Chief Executive of five other housing associations. She has been a Board member of the Regional Development Agency, and is a Board member of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of CBI North East and a Council member of the North East Chamber of Commerce. She was, until this year, a Governor of the University.

William  TillyerWilliam Tillyer, Doctor of Art

William Tillyer is a Middlesbrough born artist. He studied at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and Atelier 17 Studio in Paris. He has exhibited globally including, this year, at mima. He held a Visiting Professorship at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA.