One of rugby’s most popular personalities, Doddie Weir was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science.
The lock forward earned 61 caps for Scotland throughout his playing career, representing the British and Irish Lions on their 1997 South Africa tour, and winning championships with his club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons. He went on to forge a successful career as a sports broadcaster and after-dinner speaker.
In 2017 he revealed that he has Motor Neurone Disease. From the earliest stages, Doddie has been driven to support other people living with the condition and find ways to further research into the, as yet, incurable disease. He launched the charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. It has committed £1 million to fund research projects and to help people affected by this devastating disease and hopes to invest a similar sum in 2019.