Honorands 2017

The University of St Andrews is delighted to be honoring four distinguished individuals in December 2017. 


Thursday 7 December - morning

Professor Dame Sue Black DBE OBE PhD FRSE FRAI FRSB

Professor Dame Sue Black is Director of both the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. She is a forensic anthropologist and an anatomist who has worked nationally and internationally on crimes associated with wars, murders, dismemberments and abuse of children. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 and a DBE in 2016.  She is the lifetime Professor of Anatomy for the Royal Scottish Academy and is the recipient of the Fletcher of Saltoun award for her contribution to Scottish culture, the Jephcott gold medal for scientific advancement and the Lucy Mair medal for humanitarian assistance.  She holds two police commendations for her forensic casework and was identified as an Outstanding Women of Scotland in 2017.

To be awarded MD (Doctor of Medicine).

Professor Dame Sue Black

Professor Michael Anthony John Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci

Mike Ferguson is Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy, School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. His research focusses on understanding the biochemistry of protozoan parasites that cause tropical diseases. He is interested in translational research and, together with his colleagues, established the Drug Discovery Unit at the University of Dundee and led the construction of the Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research, which he directs. He is also Director of the Dundee Proteomics Facility. Mike is a member of the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, and works with colleagues to maintain and develop a portfolio of activities dedicated to improving health for everyone. He serves on the board of directors of the Medicines for Malaria Venture and on the scientific advisory boards of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Crick Institute, London.

To be awarded DSc (Doctor of Science).

Professor Michael Anthony John Ferguson

Thursday 7 December - afternoon

Mrs Aileen Colford and Mrs Donna Ross James

Aileen and Donna are much loved former members of staff who worked at the University of St Andrews for 41 and 40 years respectively. Joining in 1976, Aileen was an integral member of the graduation team throughout her 41 years at the University. Donna joined the University a year later and undertook a number of student facing roles before working alongside Aileen in the graduation office, where they made a formidable team. Aileen and Donna worked tirelessly to ensure a memorable graduation experience for staff, students, their friends and families. They retired in the summer of 2017 after working their final University graduation ceremonies. Aileen is married with one daughter and enjoys keep fit and travel. Donna plans to keep busy in retirement renovating a coastal property with her husband.

To be awarded MA (Master of Arts).

Mrs Aileen Colford and Mrs Donna Ross James

Friday 8 December - morning

Professor Roger W Smith AB MA PhD

Professor Smith is an Emeritus Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is a world-renowned political theorist and genocide scholar. He has written extensively on the nature, language, history and denial of genocide. Professor Smith received his AB from Harvard College and remained at Harvard for another year to attend Law School. He earned his MA and PhD at the University of California (Berkeley) and joined the College of William and Mary in 1967. Professor Smith is a founding member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and served as a council member of the Institute on the Holocaust. He has been listed in Who's Who in America since 1980 and was a recipient of the Armenian Youth Federation Eastern United States Educator of the Year Award in 1999. In 2008 he was awarded the Movses Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest award presented by the President to people who have significantly contributed to the advancement of Armenian culture. He has been the Director of the Genocide and Human Rights University Program (2003 to 2012) and is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

To be awarded DLitt (Doctor of Letters).

Professor Roger Smith