Sweeping Up An Honourary Degree

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Seems like a bloody nice bloke doesn’t he? Good for Cambridge.


2 thoughts on “Sweeping Up An Honourary Degree

  1. But you notice the subtle discrimination: he only gets an MA whereas the bigwigs that universities usually “honour” (i.e. claim for themselves to boost their own reputations) get PhD degrees.

    I first noticed this when I received my own degree and among the honoraries at the ceremony – politicians, titled men, industrialists – was a woman who had spent her entire working life in a responsible post at the university. They all got PhDs for spreading their money around and she got an MA for years of hard graft.

    It’s nice they honoured him but it leaves (in me, at least) a bitter after-taste.

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