Faculty of Arts professor receives a doctor of science degree

York University geography Professor Glen Norcliffe was awarded a doctor of science (DSc) degree by the University of Bristol, UK, on July 14. Norcliffe received this higher degree for his sustained research, a history of producing publications of distinction, and his international reputation. Norcliffe was one of just two DSc recipients at the July convocation ceremony in Bristol and this is the first time in recent memory that a York professor has earned this higher doctorate.

Left: Prof. Glen Norcliffe

In addition to being a University of Bristol graduate, DSc candidates must submit original published work within their field of study that represents an important and original contribution to knowledge. This submission is examined by a panel of three international scholars appointed by the university. Norcliffe’s submission was titled “Geographies of Canadian Industry” and included 20 publications and his two most recent books: The Ride to Modernity (2001) and Global Game, Local Arena (2005).

“I am very pleased that the examiners felt my work merited the award,” said Norcliffe.

Norcliffe has taught at York in the Geography Department for the past 36 years and has made many significant contributions to his field throughout his career. In 2003 he was presented with the Award for Scholarly Distinction, the highest academic award in the field of geography, from the Canadian Association of Geographers.

Norcliffe holds geography degrees from several institutions including a BA from Cambridge, an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Bristol.