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.

2019 Honorary Graduates



Alastair PowellAlastair Powell, Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration

Middlesbrough-born Alastair, was brought up in Stokesley. Educated in York at St Olave’s and St Peter’s schools, Alastair later studied at Kirby College in Middlesbrough and then Constantine College, which eventually became Teesside University.
The dad-of-four started his career in the family business, Arthur Jones electrical wholesale, before founding Cleveland Cable Company in 1978. Operating from rented property in North Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, the firm bought and sold industrial electrical cables. Today, Cleveland Cable Company employs 600 people in seven worldwide locations.
His interests include squash, gardening and running, with a personal achievement being his completion of the Great North Run in two hours and 29 seconds aged 59.

Franc RoddamFranc Roddam, Honorary Doctorate of Arts

Film Director Franc Roddam was born and raised in Norton. His films include Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, Lords of Discipline and War Party. He also produced formats for hugely successful film dramas Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Making Out, and Harry.
He directed the award-winning TV drama Dummy, which won the prestigious Prix Italia Drama Prize. He directed the US mini-series Moby Dick and Cleopatra, which was Grammy-nominated and Golden Globe nominated. Franc also created the worldwide television phenomenon, Masterchef, shown in 150 countries worldwide with around 65 locally-produced versions of the show.
Franc has won awards for his BBC documentaries, Mini and The Family. He is the founder and Chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose many titles include The Last Templar which sold over five million copies worldwide. He is a sponsor and former Governor of the London Film School and is an active member of the Greenworld Campaign.