Singer-songwriter Marc Almond, Doctor Who and Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall and comedian and broadcaster Alexei Sayle visited Edge Hill University in July 2017 to receive Honorary awards. They were joined by champion swimmer Francesca Halsall and rugby legend Ray French MBE.

Dr Dame Sue Ion, one of the UK’s foremost nuclear engineers, and British academic, writer and activist Professor Peter Beresford OBE also received honours. Each of the recipients was recognised by Edge Hill for their contributions to society that resonate with the University’s values, teaching and research.