Dr Paddy Ladd recognised by York St John University

Dr Paddy Ladd

Press Release by York St John University

Leading figures in the charity sector, conservation, psychology, business, sport, music, television and the Deaf community will be awarded with honorary degrees at York St John University’s graduation ceremonies this year.

Among the recipients will be Dr Paddy Ladd who will be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution to the global Deaf community.

Dr Paddy Ladd with "Deaf" + "Hood" sign language.
Dr Paddy Ladd with “Deaf” + “Hood” sign language.

Honorary degrees will be presented at the graduation ceremonies in York Minster by Chancellor of York St Johh University and Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu in front of an audience of graduands, their families and friends, and staff and guests of the University.

Dr Paddy Ladd will be presented with his award at the afternoon ceremony on Thursday 16 November.

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University, said: “This year’s honorary graduands are an especially motivational group of people.

“We are delighted to recognise the incredible impact they have made in their respective fields with an honorary degree. We hope their inspirational stories will further encourage our students to achieve their potential and to make a positive contribution to the world.”

For further information please contact Hannah Denness, PR & Communications Officer of York St John University on T: 01904 876466 or E: h.denness@yorksj.ac.uk or go to www.yorksj.ac.uk

More about Dr Paddy Ladd – see ‘About the author’ on Deafhood.com.

Dr Paddy Ladd


  1. Congratulations Paddy. You were always a free thinker, right back to our early years as young people. Free thinkers like you are vital for our growth in understanding. We are oldies now in our eighties and deaf people go through a different experience compared with ours. Your persuit of the truth continues to be vital in life and a positive aim for everyone.

  2. Congratulations Dr Paddy! A very thought provoking and inspirational acceptance speech given at York Minster, many thanks. I still find it difficult to understand why my sister back in 1980 as a combined deaf/speech studies undergraduate at Manchester University had to source a signing course herself as this was frowned upon by the ‘powers that be’ at the time! Thankfully, much progress has been made since with influence from your good self but as you stressed we must be mindful of those in power who think they know what is best and the dark dangers of eugenics.

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