Honorands 2019

The University of St Andrews is delighted to honour ten distinguished individuals in June 2019. 


Monday 24 June – afternoon

Sir Ian McGeechan

To be awarded Doctor of Science (DSc)

Knighted in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List, Sir Ian McGeechan is one of rugby’s most popular and well-regarded figures. During his playing career Ian won 32 caps for Scotland. He toured with the British Lions as a player in 1974 in the unbeaten tour of South Africa and in 1977 to New Zealand. In 1986 McGeechan became the assistant Scotland coach. He was promoted to Head Coach in 1988, winning the Grand Slam victory in the Five Nations Championship in 1990. He was the British and Irish Lions Head Coach on four occasions.
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Dr Gillian Tett

To be awarded Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Gillian Tett is Chairman of Editorial Board (US) and Editor-at-large at Financial Times, writing weekly columns covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.
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Tuesday 25 June – morning

Joyce McMillan MA

To be awarded Doctor of Literature (DLitt)

Joyce McMillan is theatre critic of The Scotsman, and also writes a political and social commentary column for the paper. She has been involved in many campaigns for democracy and human rights, both in Scotland and internationally, and has been a freelance journalist, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, for more than 30 years. She was a Visiting Professor in the School of Drama and Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh from 2006 to 2010, and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio Scotland and other media.
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Tuesday 25 June – afternoon

Your Highness, le Afioga a le Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi

To be awarded Doctor of Literature (DLitt)

Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi is a Samoan political figure who was Samoa's head of state from 2007 to 2017. He was Prime Minister of Samoa from 1976 to 1982 and again in 1982. On 16 June 2007 he was elected as O le Ao o le Malo, Samoa's head of state, for a five-year term. He was sworn in as O le Ao o le Malo at Samoa's Parliament (Fono) on 20 June 2007. He is a member of one of the paramount Families of State (Aiga Tupu) where he holds the Tama-a-Aiga Tupua title of the SaTupua 'royal' family. He also holds the honorific title of Tui Atua.
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Wednesday 26 June – morning

Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE BSc PhD HonFRSC FRSE

To be awarded Doctor of Science (DSc)

Lesley Yellowlees was Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Lesley completed both her BSc in Chemical Physics and her PhD in Inorganic Electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Yellowlees was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2012-14, their first woman President in 175 years. Lesley was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science and a CBE for services to Chemistry in 2014. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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Wednesday 26 June – afternoon

Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu DBE CBE FRCN FQNI PhD

To be awarded Doctor of Science (DSc)

Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. In 1979 she set up the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counselling service, based in Brent. Elizabeth then became a senior lecturer in Community Genetic Counselling at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health. She was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame in 2010 for services to the development of nurse-led services.
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Thursday 27 June – morning

Professor Michael Cook FBA

To be awarded Doctor of Literature (DLitt)

Michael Cook is a British historian and scholar of Islamic history and Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Michael is a leading expert on the history and religious thought of Islam. He has reshaped fields of study that span Ottoman studies, the genesis of early Islamic polity, the history of the Wahhabiyya movement, and Islamic law, ethics, and theology. He is the author of many books, including Ancient Religions, Modern Politics, The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, and A Brief History of the Human Race.
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Thursday 27 June – afternoon

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS

To be awarded Doctor of Science (DSc)

Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is an academic physicist, author and broadcaster. Since 2005, he has held a joint chair in physics and in the public engagement in science at the University of Surrey, where he teaches and conducts theoretical research in quantum physics. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published over 100 papers in the field. His current interest is in the application of quantum mechanics in biology.
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Friday 28 June – morning

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

To be awarded Doctor of Science (DSc)

Julia was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent from September 2007 to July 2017. She was appointed to the Council of STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and to the Council for Science and Technology in 2011. She was previously Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the non-departmental governing body responsible for both University biosciences funding. Julia was the first female Chief Executive of any of the UK’s Research Councils.
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Friday 28 June – afternoon

Frances Morris MA

To be awarded Doctor of Literature (DLitt)

Frances Morris is the director of Tate Modern art gallery in London. She has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000–2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art until April 2016 when she was appointed to her current role. She has continually worked to re-imagine Tate’s collection and has been instrumental in developing its international reach and its representation of women artists.
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