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.

2018 Honorary Graduates



Monica  DonlanMonica Dolan, Doctor of Arts

Monica is a Middlesbrough-born actor and writer. She is perhaps best known for her role as straight-talking Senior Comms Officer Tracey Pritchard in W1A, but has also starred in a number of films including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, The Falling, The Arbor and Eye In The Sky. Her solo play, The B*easts, found critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 where it won the Stage Edinburgh Award, before transferring for a successful run at the Bush Theatre, London, attaining an Olivier nomination in 2018 and, more recently, a nomination for the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2018 for Breakthrough Talent.
Monica’s most notable role was as killer Rosemary West in ITV’s 2011 drama Appropriate Adult, where she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.

Heidi  Mottram CBEHeidi Mottram, CBE, Doctor of Business Administration

Heidi has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) since 2010, before which she had an excellent track record in the rail industry, progressing through a variety of senior leadership roles.
She was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2010 for services to the rail industry and a CBE in the Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to the water industry and business community.
She is currently a Board Member of Eurostar International Limited, the Confederation of British Industry, WaterAid, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and is also Vice-Chair of Newcastle University Council.
In 2016 she was selected to be the Prince of Wales’ Business Ambassador to the North East, in conjunction with Business in the Community. In the same year she was also named North East Business Executive of the Year recognising her significant contribution to business in the North East.
Under her leadership NWG achieved the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014 and has been the only water company on the World’s Most Ethical companies list seven years in a row. The Company has also been named as Water Company of the Year 2018 as well as being awarded the British Quality Foundation’s UK Excellence Award 2018.