Honorary Graduate 2022 - Nick Matthew - Doctor of Laws
From Paul Hodgson
Nick made history by winning the two most prestigious tournaments in the professional game – the British Open and the World Open – three times each, remarkable achievements that sit alongside his four Commonwealth medals and record-breaking number of national titles.
His sporting achievements have spanned almost 25 years since he won his first title at the World Junior Championships in 1998. In 2015 he joined the University of Nottingham, playing as part of the Professional Squash League and nurturing talented student players. He led the team to their first national title the following season. Nick retired from the sport in 2018 but continues his involvement as a writer, broadcaster and commenter.
The Nick Matthew Academy, based in his home city of Sheffield, was established to coach the next generation of English squash players and has created a pathway to help children go from beginners to elite players. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015 for services to the sport.
Nick Matthew received the honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Wednesday 14 December 2022.