honorary graduates

recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution

Each year Leeds Beckett University recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to public life or have excelled in their chosen field with an honorary degree.

Our university confers Honorary Doctorates, Masters degrees or Fellowships on individuals or organisations whose work and achievements reflect the values of our university or have made a positive impact on Leeds or the region, or a combination of both.

Many of our honorary graduates are also graduates of our university. Our honorary graduates represent many of the values that we promote to our students: excellence, inspiration, creativity, professionalism, enterprise, integrity and a desire to make the world a better place for others


Since 1982 more than 250 honorary degrees have been awarded to recognise the achievements and contributions of a wide range of individuals. These include British triathletes Alistair Brownlee MBE and Jonny Brownlee, actor and LGBT rights activist Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of the MOBO Awards Kanya King MBE, and our Chancellor Sir Bob Murray CBE.

Honorary Graduates 2019 Alistair Brownlee MBE and Jonny Brownlee

honorary graduates newsletter

Each year we publish an honorary graduates newsletter to share news and introduce the latest honorary graduates

How do our honorary graduates support Leeds Beckett?

Many of our honorary graduates continue to support our university long after they receive their award. These are just some of the ways they have chosen to do so:

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