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University Awards - Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees are awarded to people who have distinction in the arts, science, or other field of scholarship or creativity.

Honorary Degrees 2008/09
Sept '08
José Valera Nuñez
An educational visionary who has had a profound practical effect on education at all levels in teh Autonomous Region of Galicia in northern Spain
Doctor of Laws
Sept '08 Professor Deirdre Curtin Graduate of UCD and holds chairs in both the University of Amsterdam Law Faculty and the School of Governance at the University of Utrecht. In 2007 she was awarded the Spinoza Prize by the Dutch Social Sciences Research Council, often refereed to as the Dutch Nobel prize
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Nov '08 Jim Quinn President, Tiffany & Co. - in recognition of his consistent support of the value of education, both in his native New York and internationally, through his membership of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Mar. '09 Dr Alasdair MacIntyre Leading comtemporary philosopher, whose influence has extended to economics, business, management and politics.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature
Apr '09 Javier Solana EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union - awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by University College Dublin in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the academy and public sphere.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
June '09 Richard A Lerner The world’s leading chemist working on the immune system, his discovery of combinatorial antibody libraries has revolutionised immunochemistry. Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science
June '09 Dennis O'Driscoll Irish Poet Dennis O’Driscoll is the author of eight collections of poetry and three chapbooks, as well as numerous essays and reviews, many of them collected in his Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams. His most recent work is Stepping Stones is an acclaimed collection of autobiographical interviews with Seamus Heaney. Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature
June '09 Kieran McGowan Visionary who guided industrial development in Ireland. Former IDA Chief Executive whose iconic successes include the development of the IFSC and Intel’s commitment to establishing wafer fabrication facilities at Leixlip. Kieran McGowan was appointed first independent Chair of the UCD Governing Authority in 2004. Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
June '09 John Joseph Collins World-renowned biblical scholar and historian of religion. UCD graduate, Professor Collins has made an invaluable contribution to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the leading expert in the scholarly field of near-eastern apocalyptic writings.  Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature
June '09 Hilary M Weston Businesswoman and Canadian Public Representative, Dublin-born Hilary M Weston is a philanthropist whose dedication influences health research, cultural, community and peace projects. Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature
June '09 Jack Kyle Legendary fly-half who motivated generations of players. Still widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player, Jack Kyle was the inspirational genius behind Ireland's Grand Slam triumph in 1948. Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

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