Blind Date host Cilla Black has been installed as an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, six years after declining the honour because students objected.
Departing LJMU vice-chancellor Peter Toyne also received an honorary fellowship and his wife Angela Toyne a senior companionship.
Also made honorary fellows at LJMU were: David Hope, archbishop of York; Sara Parkin, programme director, Forum for the Future; John Bird, founder of The Big Issue; Delia Smith, cookery writer; Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman of easyJet; Gerard Schwarz, principal conductor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; and Hugh Doherty, founder and chief executive of Rapid Hardware.
Aston University has awarded honorary degrees to: Michael Buerk, presenter of The Nine O' Clock News and Len Vale-Onslow, 100, Britain's oldest working man and motorcyclist.
Exeter University has awarded honorary degrees to: percussionist Evelyn Glennie (DMus); Per-Olof Astrand, exercise physiologist (DSc); Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery (DLitt); John Taylor, director general of research councils (DSc); Bartholomew I, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople (LLD); Peter Sutherland, chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International (LLD); J. K. Rowling, author (DLitt); Edward Abel, chemist and former deputy vice-chancellor at Exeter (DSc); Margaret Lorenz, former chair of Exeter University council (LLD); and Sir Ghillean Prance, scientific director of the Eden Project in Cornwall (DSc).
The University of Glasgow has awarded honorary degrees to: Thomas Wikramanayake, Sri Lankan nutritionist, and Louise Arbour, the past prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.