UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
DLitt: Alan Bowness, director of the Tate Gallery (1980-88) and former director of the Henry Moore Foundation; Stuart Hall, professor of sociology at the Open University.
DMus: Mark Knopfler, rock musician, lead singer of Dire Straits.
LLD: Tom Jackson, general secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers (1967-82), director of British Petroleum (1975-83); Ma Lin, vice chancellor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1978-87); Peter Taylor, Lord Chief Justice of England; Chad Varah, rector of the Lord Mayor's Parish Church of St Stephen Wallbrook and a prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral.
DSc: John Houghton, director-general of the Meteorological Office (1983-1991) and chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Hans Kornberg, Sir William Dunn professor of biochemistry at Cambridge and master of Christ's College.
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
DLitt: Gillian Beer, King Edward VII professor of English literature at Cambridge and president of Clare Hall; .
LLD: Nicholas Baring, chairman of Commercial Union plc; James Burke, rector of the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education; Leonard Broadbent, emeritus professor and chairman of the management committee of Ness Botanic Gardens; Anita Samuels, high sheriff of Merseyside (1994-95) and deputy lieutenant of the County of Merseyside; George Younger, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and chancellor of Napier University.
DSc: Ben Mottelson, professor of physics at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Atomic Physics, Copenhagen and director of the European Centre for Theoretical Studies, Trento.
MA: Fiona Castle, patron of the Roy Castle Cause for Hope Appeal.
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
DMus: Evelyn Glennie, percussionist and patron of the Elizabeth Foundation for Deaf Children at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
DEng: John Ekins, who is county surveyor in Hampshire, and is also chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (Southern Association).