Sci-fi star Sir Patrick Stewart in Leeds for university honour

Sir Patrick Stewart at the University of Leeds.
Sir Patrick Stewart at the University of Leeds.
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SCI-FI star Sir Patrick Stewart came to Leeds today for a special ceremony where he was awarded an honorary degree.

The screen and stage star was joined by Grammy award-winning musician Sir Andras Schiff and polar explorer professor Jane Francis, who were all awarded the honours from the University of Leeds.

Every year, the university offers honorary degrees to those who have made a significant contribution to society.

Patrick Stewart is best known for his portrayals of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series, and for stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Raised in Mirfield, he has strong connections with the local area and is the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

Patrick was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.

A University of Leeds spokesperson said: “The University of Leeds is always delighted to be awarding honorary degrees to such leading figures, who are distinguished by their outstanding achievements in their field and who offer excellent role models for our students.”

Andras Schiff was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music yesterday for his contribution to the industry.

Andras has won countless awards and honours such as the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal and a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist.

He was also a finalist in the 1975 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Jane Francis was the Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds, and is now the director of the British Antarctic Survey. She has taken part in several polar research expeditions and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

Lord John Dyson, Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice, and Professor Michael Arthur, who was previously vice chancellor of the University of Leeds, were given an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Stephen Ewen, 62, of Cookridge, who died of sepsis in 2017.

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