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During winter congregation 2024, Durham University awarded an honorary degree to Lord (Kim) Darroch.

The honorary degree was in recognition of Lord Darroch's profound impact as one of the UK’s leading diplomats over a high profile and influential career, including time in Brussels, Tokyo, 10 Downing Street and as Britain’s ambassador to the United States before becoming a crossbench life Peer. The oration was read by Durham Law School’s Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, who is a dual US-UK citizen. Lord Darroch has been a longstanding supporting of the university’s staff, students and alumni. 

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, said: "Our honorary graduates are an exceptionally distinguished group of people who exemplify the highest levels of achievement in their spheres of activity.

"The contributions they have made have improved, enriched and enhanced the lives of so many others and the world around them. They will rightly act as an inspiration to our students as they set out on their own paths into the world.”