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Honorary degrees awarded at the University of Bristol – Tuesday, 21 July

Professor Elizabeth Morris OBE

Stephanie Hillborne

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

Press release issued: 21 July 2015

The University of Bristol is awarding honorary degrees to Professor Elizabeth Morris OBE, Stephanie Hilborne and Bob Marshall-Andrews QC at degree ceremonies taking place today [21 July] in the Wills Memorial Building.

Professor Elizabeth Morris OBE, Professor of Ice Physics at the University of Reading and a Senior Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, will be awarded a Doctor of Science degree.

She graduated with both a BSc and PhD in Physics from Bristol and has gone on to become a leader in the field of glaciology.

Professor Morris is the first female President of both the International Glaciological Society and the International Commission on Snow and Ice - the two most prestigious and powerful international organisations in cold region science.

She was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to polar science and the Polar Medal in 2003.

Fellow Bristol alumna Stephanie Hilborne, who has been Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts since 2004, will also receive a Doctor of Science honorary degree.

She graduated from Bristol with a BSc in Biology in 1990 and has worked in nature conservation ever since.

During her time at The Wildlife Trusts, she has united the 2,800 staff, trustees and members in a shared mission to secure nature’s recovery on land and at sea, which has resulted in some landmark achievements in support of the natural world.

In 2010, she was awarded the OBE for services to nature conservation.

Barrister and former Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews QC will be awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his achievements.

He graduated in Law from Bristol in 1965, then entered Lord Hailsham’s Chambers, was made a Recorder in 1982 and took silk in 1987.

In 1997, Bob entered parliament and was in sustained conflict with his government on issues of civil liberty and the Iraq War.

He was in the vanguard of repeated parliamentary rebellions, with successes including the preservation of the right to trial by jury and the rejection of executive detention without trial.

An honorary degree is a major accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.

Further information

The official photographs and speeches delivered by the public orators at each ceremony are available to the media on request from the University's Press Office. Please email

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