University honour for Dunion

Kevin Dunion warns that less data is now available to the public than previously. Picture: Neil Hanna
Kevin Dunion warns that less data is now available to the public than previously. Picture: Neil Hanna

The University of St Andrews will award an honorary degree to its former Rector Kevin Dunion. He will be joined at the St Andrew’s Day graduation on Wednesday, 30 November by authors Karen Armstrong and Ali Smith.

Kevin Dunion OBE, whose mother lives in Glenrothes, is the first and current Scottish Information Commissioner, and served for three years as the University of St Andrews’ Lord Rector – hailed as the students’ champion. The 50th Rector in St Andrews’ history, he was succeeded last month by the author and former TV executive Alistair Moffat.

Following periods in the civil service and university administration, Dunion joined Oxfam as Campaigns Manager and then took up post as Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland. From 1996 to 2000 he also served as Chairman of Friends of the Earth International, heading delegations to the United Nations and European Commission.

Kevin Dunion will be honoured with an Hon LLD (Doctor of Laws).