This year, the University will honour some of its alumni, notable individuals from the South West area and key figures who have made a significant contribution within their field and to society, nationally and internationally. Read our news story.
Watch the ceremonies
Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, is Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. He joined the UN in 2001 as Assistant Secretary- General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
During his UN tenure, Mr Dieng has served in a range of capacities, including top expert on Haiti and as the Envoy to Malawi.
Neil Woodford CBE
Neil Woodford is one of the best known fund managers in the UK investment industry. A disciplined, valuation- oriented investment approach has been his hallmark.
Neil graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Economics in 1981 and started working in the City at Dominion Insurance later that year. He joined Reed Pension Fund as a trainee equity analyst in 1983 and, after a spell in a corporate finance role for TSB, started managing money at Eagle Star in 1987.
Jeremy Hughes CBE
Jeremy Hughes joined Alzheimer's Society in November 2010. He is leading the charity in its five year transformational strategy 'New Deal on Dementia' 2017-22. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister.
Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer where he was instrumental in providing visionary leadership, galvanising the charity's research platform and its authority on campaigning and policy.
Mr Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, was honoured in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of human rights and law.
Mr Neil Woodford CBE, was honoured for his outstanding achievements in the field of investment management.