University of Glasgow awards Honorary Degree to Gordon Brown


THE University of Glasgow has awarded an honorary degree to Gordon Brown.

The degree was conferred on the former Prime Minister in a ceremony on Wednesday.

Gordon Brown was awarded the degree in a ceremony on Wednesday
Gordon Brown was awarded the degree in a ceremony on Wednesday


The Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli said: “The decision by Senate to confer the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University on Gordon Brown continues the long tradition at Glasgow of recognising major contributions to public life from across the political spectrum.

“Previous recipients of honorary degrees have included Donald Dewar, Sir Menzies Campbell, Charles Kennedy, George Younger and, most recently, Alex Salmond who was awarded his Honorary Doctorate just a few days ago.

“An MP from 1983 until he decided to stand down this year, Gordon Brown was the longest serving Chancellor in modern times, from 1997 until 2007, before becoming Prime Minister from 2007-2010. His intervention during last year’s Independence Referendum was widely viewed as pivotal.

“Gordon 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.”

Gordon 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.”