Honorary graduates

Seventeen outstanding individuals and alumni  received honorary degrees in July 2014.

 Dr Hamid Mughal, OBE – Doctor of Engineering

Hamid is an internationally acclaimed Manufacturing Leader in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries.


Nazir Afzal, OBE – Doctor of Laws

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, Nazir gives considerable time to charitable work.


Keith Bradshaw – Doctor of the University

Alumnus Keith is non-executive Chairman of Listers Group, and Chairman of the Library of Birmingham Trustees.


Professor Derek Pearsall – Doctor of Letters

Derek is Gurney Professor of English at Harvard University, where he helped found the Centre for Medieval Studies.


John Plant – Doctor of the University

Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officerof TRW Automotive, alumnus John is also on the Automotive Safety Council’s board of directors.


Dorothy Wilson, MBE – Doctor of the University

Dorothy chaired the West Midlands regional Arts Council, and is currently Chair of the BBC Performing Arts Fund.


Ms Jane Slowey, CBE – Doctor of the University

Former Birmingham City Councillor and alumna Jane is now CEO of the Birmingham Voluntary Service Council.


Professor Celso Lafer – Doctor of the University

Celso is Emeritus Professor of the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo.


Professor David Haslam, CBE – Doctor of the University

Alumnus David is Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and a Fellow of the RoyalCollege of GPs.


Professor Ian Morris – Doctor of Letters

Ian is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and a Fellow of the Archaeology Center at Stanford University.


Professor Nick Craddock – Doctor of Medicine

Alumnus Professor Craddock is a world leader in the study of psychiatric genetics.


Baroness Massey of Darwen – Doctor of the University

Baroness Massey is a Labour Peer, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children, President of Brook Advisory Centres and an alumna.


Ian Tyler – Doctor of the University

Alumnus Ian is non-executive Chairman of Bovis Homes PLC, Cairn Energy PLC, BAE Systems PLC, and a Crown Representative for the Cabinet Office.


John Horseman – Doctor of the University  

John formed Horseman Capital Management in 2000. Alumnus John is also trustee of several charities including the John Horseman Trust.


Dr Alwyn Didar Singh – Doctor of the University

Dr Singh is Secretary General of FICCI, an alumnus and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration of the World Economic Forum.


Professor Michael Clarke, CBE, DL – Doctor of the University

Former Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham, Michael now chairs VisitWorcester.


Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, CBE, DL – Doctor of the University

Lord Bilimoria is founder of Cobra Beer, a Crossbench Peer, and new Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.