2022 looks set to be a year of celebration at UEA, with the University planning to hold its first graduation ceremonies for three years.

As well as celebrating the achievements of our wonderful students, every graduation ceremony has an honorary graduate, rewarding an individual for outstanding accomplishments in their field or for notable contributions to their community.

Next year will be no exception and, in anticipation of UEA’s 2022 celebrations, throughout this week we’ll be announcing the honorary degree recipients joining us in July next year, some of the biggest and brightest names across a number of vocations.

Our honorary graduates for 2022

Alderman, Naomi - Honorary Doctorate in Letters (2022)

Naomi Alderman is an acclaimed writer whose first novel, Disobedience has been adapted into a feature-length film by Oscar-winning director Sebastián Lelio. In 2006, she won the Orange Award for...

Dannatt, General The Lord Richard, GCB CBE MC DL - Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (2022)

Richard Dannatt was a soldier for 40 years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff. Since retiring from active duty in 2009, he was Constable of the Tower of London until July...

Partridge, Dame Linda - Honorary Doctorate in Science (2022)

Professor Dame Linda Partridge is a British geneticist who works on the biology of ageing and age-related diseases. Her research is directed to understanding both how the rate of ageing evolves in...

Deswarte, Richard - Honorary Doctorate in Letters (2022)*

Richard Deswarte was a lecturer in Modern European History who was widely admired for his ground-breaking work in establishing digital humanities in the UK. Richard dedicated the majority of his...

Millward, Philip and Jeannie - Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (2022)

Philip Millward worked for Fluor Corporation in Los Angeles from 1967-1984 in the engineering and construction of major oil and petrochemical projects worldwide. Philip was also a company...

Lamb, The Rt Hon Sir Norman - Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (2022)

Sir Norman Lamb was Member of Parliament for North Norfolk from 2001 to 2019, also serving as Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health from 2012 to 2015. As Health...

Davies, Anthony (Tony) Michael Charles - Honorary Doctorate in Science (2022)

Anthony (Tony) Michael Charles Davies C.Chem, FRSC, is an internationally recognised expert on chemical analysis by near infrared spectroscopy and the owner of Norwich Near Infrared Consultancy...

Ahmed, Samira – Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (2022)

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed presents the BBC’s flagship arts programme Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1. Her acclaimed BBC4 series Art of Persia was the first...

Hawkins, Paula - Honorary Doctorate in Letters (2022)

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning to fiction in 2011. She has published seven novels, including three bestselling thrillers: The Girl on the Train, which is...

Laing, Sir Martin - Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (2022)

Sir Martin Laing was educated at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he studied Estate Management. Sir Martin retired as Chairman of John Laing plc in January...