Each year The University of Manchester confers degrees on honorary graduands from a range of fields.
In 2016 we gave honorary degrees to Winnie Byanyima, Lord David Alliance, Sir Norman Stoller, Mr Anil Ruia and Professor Dame Sue Bailey.
Ugandan-born Winnie leads Oxfam International, a confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. She led Uganda's first parliamentary women's caucus which championed ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the country's 1995 post-conflict constitution.
A signatory to her country's 1985 peace agreement, Winnie has helped to broker and support women's participation in political transitions in Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and other countries emerging from conflict.
She has a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester and returned to campus in February 2016 to launch the University’s Global Development Institute, Europe’s largest research and teaching institute dedicated to international development.
Lord David Alliance
Lord Alliance, a businessman and philanthropist, was born in Iran and moved to Manchester in 1950. In 2015 Lord Alliance agreed to make a landmark donation of £15 million to Manchester Business School (MBS), to be invested in the School’s new building and to drive its research agenda forward.
In recognition of Lord Alliance’s longstanding support for MBS and the University, MBS has been renamed the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Sir Norman Stoller
In 1982 Sir Norman founded The Stoller Charitable Trust and, through his personal donations, he has given tens of millions of pounds to support institutions, individuals and charities.
Through his Trust, Sir Norman has particularly supported The University of Manchester in the areas of cancer and biomarker research. The Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre was formally opened in June 2016.
Born in Mumbai and educated in Stockport, Anil Ruia has been committed to the business, arts, educational and charitable sectors over a significant period of time.
He is Chairman of Botraco Ltd. and a Director at James Warren Tea Ltd. India. He joined the University’s Board of Governors in 2005, was appointed as its Chair in 2010 and held this role until his retirement in 2016.
In 2001, he was awarded an OBE for services to business.
Professor Dame Sue Bailey
Dame Sue, a University of Manchester alumna, is a consultant child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist, focusing on risks presented by and to young people who enter the mental health, social care and youth justice systems.
She appeared as an expert witness in the James Bulger murder trial in 1993, and spent several years working with Jon Venables, one of the killers, to get him to accept responsibility for this crime. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 and a DBE in 2014. Dame Sue works as a consultant at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.