Honorary degree for Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr

By Samson Dada

Sunday 8 July 2012

Manchester Evening News

Rock star Johnny Marr will receive an honorary degree for services to music. The Smiths’ guitarist is to be honoured at Salford University.

The Wythenshawe-born star has been teaching music at the university for the last five years as a visiting professor.

He will receive the honorary doctorate later this month, along with millionaire bookmaker Fred Done.

Marr, 48, said: “I’m very pleased to be given an honorary degree by Salford University.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the students in my capacity as visiting professor and hopefully we can find some more opportunities for creative work in the future.”

Marr will collect his doctorate of arts alongside hundreds of students at the graduation ceremony on July 19.

Salford bookmaker Fred Done, a regular commentator for the M.E.N, will receive a doctorate of business administration for services to entrepreneurship and his contribution to the north west.

Others receiving awards include Balfour Beatty executive Mike Peasland, surveying professor Peter Brandon, and former police sergeant Chris Wells, a volunteer at the university.

University Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall said: “All our honorary graduates have made outstanding contributions to their fields of work and expertise, and we will be proud to have them join our community through these awards.”

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