York St John University

James Caan received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration at York Minster in November 2010. This was awarded in recognition of his success as an entrepreneur and business leader, his generosity in using his experience to help other businesses, as well as commending his work in philanthropy.

The Honorary degrees were presented at the graduation ceremonies in York Minster by York St John’s Chancellor, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, or by Vice Chancellor, Professor David Fleming.


University of East London

James joined over six hundred graduates from the UEL’s Royal Docks Business School to celebrate their academic success in November 2009. James accepted his Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from UEL. James received a standing ovation, and was clearly emotional. He praised his father, saying: “It is an honour and a privilege to accept this award. I began life in the UK, aged two, in Brick Lane, and my father worked as hard as he could to give us the best possible life. All the opportunities you need are available to you in this country to do well. Be fair, be true and put something back into your community.”


Leeds Metropolitan University

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Entrepreneur James Caan was awarded an honorary degree by Leeds Met as a part of the Summer 2009 graduation celebrations. James received his honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the University’s ‘Innovation North’ faculty on Friday 17th July, 2009.

He helped motivate the graduates after University, saying “I have been confronted by many challenges, but don’t let it stop you. You are hired because of who you are.”

Before thanking Leeds Met once more, he said: “It’s our attitude not our aptitude that determines our altitude.”


Bradford University

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James Caan received an Honorary Degree from Bradford University in December 2012. This was in recognition of his long standing charity work.

As well as entrepreneurship, James is renowned as a significant philanthropist, particularly in the support of children in Pakistan. The James Caan Foundation has funded several projects, including almost the entire reconstruction of the villages of Jan Lunda and Manzooray, including schools, hospitals and houses. As a result, over 2,000 villagers have now been resettled into new homes.

“This award is extremely special to me as it is in recognition of the work that I have done for the Pakistani community both in the UK and in Pakistan itself – something that is very personal to my family and me. Whilst most people recognise me for my business success and time on Dragons’ Den, the University of Bradford today recognises the impact of the work that my foundation has carried out, something that I am truly proud of.