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Honorary Degrees

(8 Posts)
sunseeker Fri 15-Jul-16 18:46:27

I have always had mixed feelings about honorary degrees, especially when handed out to "celebrities".

However, today Bristol University has given an honorary degree which I totally agree with. Fahma Mohamed is an 18 year old woman who for several years has been campaigning to protect girls from FGM. She has even met with the UN Secretary General and as a result the UN has now announced that FGM is child abuse. One lady who was asked what she thought of Fahma said that her daughter now has a new role model.

M0nica Fri 15-Jul-16 19:34:17

Too often they go to donors to the university to say thank you for the money, rather like the way life peerages go to political party hacks.

I think honorary degrees, like honours should go to those who have achieved something beyond the ordinary, like Fahma Mohamed or inventors like James Dyson or Tim Peake for getting into the space station and doing so much during his period there to interest children in science

WilmaKnickersfit Fri 15-Jul-16 19:52:36

I have no problem with them where they have been earned, like those mentioned. But when the purpose is PR or in exchange for donations, I think it stinks and so disrespectful to all those students who slog away for years. Sadly, the honourary degrees we hear about are usually the worst kind. I shook my head last year when Kanye West received one.

gettingonabit Sat 16-Jul-16 08:44:58

Well I must be missing something, because I don't see the point of them at all. I thought a Degree was supposed to be about academic achievement. No disrespect to the young lady mentioned above, but I don't see that a degree is an appropriate form of recognition for her achievement.

And as to Tom Peake and James Dyson-what do they need degrees for? They are already well-recognised in their fields and have degrees already, I assume.

And as for Kanye West....

vampirequeen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:00:09

I object to most (not all) of the recipients. It took me six years of hard work to get my degree with the OU whilst juggling work and home responsibilities. Giving them to some white toothed celebrity undermines all the work done by those who earned them.

Greyduster Sat 16-Jul-16 09:04:25

I see that the Duchess of York has been made a visiting 'Professor of Philthrepeneurship (is that even a word??) at Huddersfield University🤔. Not a lot more you can say really. I'm expecting to hear from Cambridge any day now. Wonder what they'll offer me? 😊

vampirequeen Sat 16-Jul-16 09:22:00

Apparently "Philanthropreneurship an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy; it is giving that disrupts the status quo."

Whatever that means.

gettingonabit Sat 16-Jul-16 15:02:13

Oh yes of course! Duchess of York, that well known and well-regarded philanthropisthmm.