FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to receive an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University.
The university’s principal and vice chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, said: “The decision…continues the long tradition at Glasgow of recognising major contributions to public life from across the political spectrum.
“Previous recipients…have included Donald Dewar, Sir Menzies Campbell, Charles Kennedy, George Younger and, most recently, Alex Salmond.”
Prof Muscatelli said Mr Brown was the longest-serving Chancellor in modern times, from 1997 until 2007.
“His intervention during last year’s Independence Referendum was widely viewed as pivotal,” he said.
Mr Brown graduated from Edinburgh University, where he also elected as Rector whilst still a student.
Education has continued to be one of his major passions throughout his life.
Mr Brown said, “I feel privileged to have been invited to become part of the Glasgow University community.
“It is a distinguished university where Adam Smith came from my home town of Kirkcaldy to lecture, and where my late friends John Smith and Donald Dewar studied.”