Neil Oliver

Biography of Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver Honorary Graduation 7th July 2015
Neil Oliver Honorary Graduation 7th July 2015

Neil Oliver was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) at a ceremony at the University's Dumfries campus on 7th July 2015 in recognition of his contributions to broadcasting and public engagement.

Dr Oliver attended Dumfries Academy and studied Archaeology at the University of Glasgow before becoming an archaeologist, broadcaster, journalist and writer.

In 2002, he joined his friend, Dr Tony Pollard, also of the University of Glasgow, in presenting “Two men in a Trench” on BBC 2. He went on to present a number of programmes, including “The Face of Britain” on Channel 4; “Scotland’s History: the Top Ten” on BBC 2; “A History of Scotland on BBC 1; and “A History of Celtic Britain”, “Vikings” and “Sacred Wonders of Britain” on BBC 2. He has also written nine books over the past 12 years.

Dr Oliver has also broadened his scope of subject matter, most notably through his role as lead presenter of the series “Coast”, which has now led to “Coast: Australia”.

Dr Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on Dumfries campus, said: “It is particularly fitting that Dr Oliver should receive an honorary degree at the University’s Dumfries campus as he has strong links with the area and the research and teaching interests of a number of staff in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and its Solway Centre for Environment and Culture are very close to Dr Oliver’s.”


Neil Oliver
University Link: Graduate, Honorary Graduate
GU Degree: DLitt, 2015;
Occupation categories: archaeologists; broadcasters; journalists
Record last updated: 9th Jul 2015

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University Roles

  • Graduate
  • Honorary Graduate

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