QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST. LLD: Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission; Fredrik Eaton, Canadian high commissioner in the United Kingdom (1994); John Hume, SDLP MP.
DLitt: Michael Longley, poet and winner of the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
DSc: Robert Wilson, professor of astronomy, University College, London; Allen McClay, chairman of the Galen Group of Companies.
DSSc: Thomas Smout, historiographer royal for Scotland, director of the centre of advanced historical studies at University of St Andrews; Patrick Kinder, chief executive of Eastern Health and Social Services Board.
DSc(Ed): Joseph Cooper, former secretary and chairman of the Workers Education Association's NI district and former president of the Trades Council.
DUniv: Phil Coulter, composer, songwriter and record producer; Joyce McCartan, founder of Mornington Enterprises.
KEELE UNIVERSITY. DLitt: Richard Hoggart, author and former Warden of Goldsmith's College; Bernard Williams, professor of moral philosophy at Oxford University; Margaret Spurr, former head of Bolton School, Girls' Division.
LLD: Michael Mansfield, QC.
DSc: Magdi Yacoub, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital; Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal.