Apple's senior vice president of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive has been awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts, London.

Ive was granted his award – made in recognition for his contribution to the world of design – at a ceremony held at Banqueting House on London's Whitehall last week. The award was first announced in November 2006. Ive didn't attend the ceremony, but attendees were treated to his acceptance speech on video.

This is Ive's second honorary doctorate. He also holds a BA and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle Polytechnic. In 2003 he was named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts. He also holds a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Rector of University of the Arts London, Sir Michael Bichard said: "Jonathan Ive is one of the most important product designers in the world, his talent and foresight has created truly iconic products that beautifully combine form and function. His designs are tangible examples of the power of creativity to delight and surprise while driving real economic development. The University is proud to honour Jonathan Ive."

Hussein Chalayan, Katharine Hamnett and Jasper Conran will all be made visiting professors at the University of the Arts. The decision to award an honorary doctorate or fellowship is decided by a selection panel..

University of the Arts London is the first dedicated arts institution in the UK to achieve university status. It consists of six member colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design; London College of Communication; London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.