Archbishop of York John Sentamu, Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson were amongst the eight influential people awarded honorary degrees earlier this year.
Also honoured were two Leeds alumni – Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Lesley Dixon, chief executive of Leeds University Union from 2000-9 and now Chief Executive of social care charity PSS – and BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob, scientist Elaine Oran and Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ingrid Roscoe.
Honorary degrees are awarded to people who have made a lasting and significant contribution in their field of expertise. This can include research, scholarship, education, the creative arts, public service, medicine and health, social progress, business and the economy. Some recipients also have a prior connection with the University or the region.