I was listening to the radio yesterday and Sara Cox was boasting about how, erm, the University of Bolton are awarding her an honorary doctorate for her services in promoting the town.
Do you think she deserves it? Or do you think (like I do) that this will do nothing to enhance the credibility of this fledging university if it is handing out what are essentially mickey mouse doctorates to minor celebs?
Honary doctorates are fine if the person has truly contributed to the field. I know several academics who don't have doctorates because they entered academia at a time when a PhD was not necessary to teach, but they have excelled in their field. That deserves one.
Perhaps Belford should award one to Nikki for services to Big Brother?
Hi Athina. Very good thanks. Everyone had a lovely day and I made sure they'd all had a few drinks before I sent on and did my party piece. Speech went really well (I was rather nervous) and people came up and shook my hand afterwards to say well done, great speech. So I think it went well! How is Athina today?
Excellent! Congratulations I find such speeches difficult too. I think its hard to appear "natural" when you have already decided what you will say (and probably all the jokes). Luckily in Greece we keep quiet in weddings (no speeches from anyone)
I am good, thanks. Working from home today... Sorry I am being a bit off topic, I really don't know the lady and her contributions to say my opinion
I think that most academic people would understand the difference between a honorary doctorate and a "normal" one. i.e. nobody with a honorary doctorate and no further merits is going to steal a PhD job (wether in academia or industry) to a truly commited candidate with a real PhD. Of course some honorary doctorates are awarded to people with a really strong research background, but probably the honorary doctorate would be their least considered merit when applying for a job etc.
Nimrod81 it's not that someone with an honorary phd is going to take a job away from someone, as most honorary degrees go to people who never need apply for a job again anyway. It's the fact that the universities give them out to people who (mostly) on the whole don't deserve it, and this devalues all the hard work done by those people who have been working for 3-4years to achieve it
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