HEFFERNAN, M. and JONS, H., 2007. Degrees of influence: the politics of honorary degrees in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1900-2000. Minerva: a Review of Science, Learning and Policy, 45 (4), pp. 389–416.
The universities of Oxford and Cambridge had developed different
attitudes towards the award of honorary degrees through the early and middle
decades of the twentieth century. Recently, both have adopted a similar cautious and
apolitical stance. This essay describes the role of honorary degrees in the production
and reproduction of their cultural and intellectual authority of these two ancient