First woman to ski across Antarctica alone awarded Honorary Doctorate

02 February 2016

Writer, speaker and adventurer, Felicity Aston MBE, one of a few women to be awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her achievements in her career as an explorer.

Felicity was the first woman in the world to ski 1744km across Antarctica alone. Her two-month journey also saw her enter into the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to undertake the journey using only muscle power. She undertook her Antarctic challenge in 2012 after beginning her polar career years earlier as a meteorologist for the British Antarctic Survey.

Felicity was awarded an MBE for her services to Polar Exploration in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List, and is an official ambassador for the British Antarctic Monument Trust and the Equal Adventure charity.

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are thrilled to award Felicity Aston with an Honorary Doctorate just a year after she was awarded her MBE. Felicity’s extraordinary achievements are deserving of recognition, she is a role model and inspiration to many.”

Graduation ceremonies were held on Friday, 29 January in Canterbury Cathedral.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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