July 18, 2019 2.35 pm This story is over 57 months old

Lincolnshire adventurer to receive honorary degree

He will join over 1,000 students graduating from BGU

A Lincolnshire adventurer and author who became the first person in history to swim around Great Britain will receive an honorary degree from Bishop Grosseteste University.

Ross Edgley, 33, from Grantham will receive an honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) in Lincoln at its annual graduation ceremony next week.

He will join over 1,000 students graduating from BGU over four ceremonies in Lincoln Cathedral on July 24 and 25. Ross will be graduating at 10.15am on Wednesday, July 24.

Ross’s adventures have seen him wrangle sharks, charm poisonous snakes, hunt with native tribes in some of the most remote areas of the world and train with warrior monks in Japan.


He completed the swimming feat of 1,780 miles, and up to 12 hours a day, in 157 days on November 4, 2018.

Ross Edgley swam over 157 days and 1,780 miles.

Ross said: “Over 157 days (and 1,780 miles) the Great British Swim became a giant, sea-based, sports science experiment where ideas, theories and principles within sailing, swimming, nutritional science and mental fortitude were fused together in a melting pot as we entered (figuratively and literally) into unchartered waters.

“As a result (and since arriving back on land) I feel privileged to share my findings into human resilience with universities across the country and in academic journals. But with all this said, to now be considered for an honorary doctorate at the University of my home county is an incredible honour and although entirely unexpected, is incredibly appreciated. In fact I don’t who’s more excited my mum and dad or me!”