Press release

University to honour leading figures at summer Graduations

Published on 13 June 2022

The University of Dundee will award honorary degrees to leading figures in science, dentistry and the charity sector at its summer Graduations later this month.

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The honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws will be given to:

  • Professor Jo Frencken, Emeritus Professor in Minimal Intervention Dentistry at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, who has been responsible over the last 30 years for changing the face of Dentistry by introducing less invasive management methods.

  • Professor Andrew Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of Exscientia, the company spun out from his laboratory in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee in 2012 and now the fastest growing biotechnology company in the UK.

  • Dr Timothy Wells, the Chief Scientific Officer of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).

  • Dr Margo Whiteford CBE an alumna of the University and chair of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBHS).

Professor Iain Gillespie, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said, “Our honorary graduands this year have all made great contributions in their respective fields, echoing the University’s own mission to transform lives, locally and globally.

“I am delighted to welcome them all to our Graduations. It has been a long wait for some as we originally planned to make some of these awards in 2020 only for the Covid-19 pandemic to delay matters.

“It will be a joy to see them alongside thousands of our graduates in the Caird Hall as we return to full Graduation ceremonies.”

Graduation for the Class of 2022 takes place at the Caird Hall in Dundee from Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June, with two ceremonies each day. Thousands of new graduates will cross the stage over the course of the week, joining one of the major celebrations on the University calendar.

The following week will see ceremonies taking place for those from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who were denied their day of celebration in the Caird Hall and on campus by the restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notes to editors

There will be opportunities for photos with the honorary graduates immediately before the Graduation ceremonies, in the Robing Rooms (Committee room 1, 14 City Square, underneath Caird Hall).

There is also opportunity for filming/photography during the ceremonies in the Caird Hall.

Ceremonies start at 10am and 2.30pm.

The full timetable for honorary graduates, who are given their degrees at the end of each ceremony, is:

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 (morning ceremony) – Professor Jo Frencken

Thursday, 23 June 2022 (morning ceremony) – Professor Andrew Hopkins

Friday, 24 June 2022 (morning ceremony) – Dr Tim Wells

Friday, 24 June 2022 (afternoon ceremony) – Dr Margo Whiteford


Roddy Isles

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