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Honorary degrees and doctorates

Disclosure date: 11 April 2012

Reference: FOI2012/022 Disclosure - SOAS

Request

Please can you provide a list of all people given honorary degrees or doctorates by your university in the last five years.

Response

Please see the below figures which relate solely to the costs incurred directly from awarding honorary degrees. They do not include the wider costs of the School's main graduation ceremonies which are attended by the honorary graduates as they are also for our graduating students and would happen regardless of the attendance of honorary awardees. Apart from Stephen Green, for whom a separate reception was organised, the costs indicated for receptions have been calculated based on the proportion of the total cost of the reception related to the honorary graduate. Details of each honorary graduate can be found at http://www.soas.ac.uk/about/fellows/

2010/11                                                                                                    £
Zeinab Badawi
Graduation booklet                                                                                     1.23
Gown hire                                                                                                 44
Dinner for Honorary Graduates                                                                    45 (approx)
Director’s Reception                                                                                   17 (approx)
Souvenir DVD 12
  
2009/10
Stephen Green  
Honorary Graduation reception (outside of usual July                                     550 (approx)
graduation ceremonies)
Flowers                                                                                                     50
Gown Hire                                                                                                  42 (approx)
Gift (picture frame)                                                                                     75

2009/10
Ben Okri   
Graduation booklet                                                                                     1.79
Dinner for Honorary Graduates                                                                    45 (approx)
Director’s Reception                                                                                   17 (approx)
Gown hire                                                                                                 40
Souvenir DVD                                                                                            12

2009/10
Yash Chopra                              
Graduation booklet                                                                                     1.79
Dinner for Honorary Graduates                                                                    45 (approx)
Director’s Reception                                                                                    17 (approx)
Gown hire (shared one with Ben Okri)                                                            0
Souvenir DVD                                                                                             12

2008/9
Cynthia Enloe  
Graduation booklet                                                                                     1.79
Dinner for Honorary Graduates                                                                    42 (approx)
Director’s Reception                                                                                   16 (approx)
Flights from USA                                                                                        647.60
Hotel  accommodation                                                                                 238
Gown hire                                                                                                  38

2007/8
Rakhshan Bani Etemad  
Graduation booklet                                                                                      2.79
Dinner for Honorary Graduates                                                                     40 (approx)
Director’s Reception                                                                                     15 (approx)
Gown hire                                                                                                   38

2007/8 Daniel Barenboim 
Honorary Graduation reception (outside of usual July                                       500 (approx)
graduation ceremonies)      
Flowers                                                                                                        50  (approx.)
Gown hire                                                                                                    38 (approx)

2006/7 Irene Khan
Graduation booklet                                                                                         1.97
Director and Principal’s Reception                                                                     14 (approx)
Gown hire                                                                                                      38 (approx)

2006/7 Mo Ibrahim
Graduation booklet                                                                                          1.97
Director and Principal’s Reception                                                                      14 (approx)
Gown hire                                                                                                       38 (approx)