In August 2012, I received a letter from the Principal of Heriot-Watt University informing me that the University was to award me the degree of Honorary D.Litt and that my graduation would take place on 18 June, 2013.
I was enjoined to make no pubic statements about the award until my graduation, a condition I have adhered to until late on the 17th (though it is already the 18th east of Australia).
The award of an Honorary D.Litt is a singular academic honour in British Universities. It was not sought nor expected by me and news of the award was both surprising and extremely gratifying.
It caps a 44-year postgraduate academic career in ways I never anticipated. The esteem of one’s long-standing colleagues, both those I worked well with and with those with whom I had occasional ‘differences’, is worth more than anything I can explain, even to my family.
Readers will understand if today I do not post much, if anything (though old habits may ‘kick-in’!).