Celebs awarded honorary degrees

FOUR new signings were unveiled at the Stadium of Light yesterday – but none of them were footballers.

Durham-born actors Alun Armstrong and Wendy Craig, BBC presenter Lauren Laverne and BBC historian Michael Wood received honorary awards from Sunderland University in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

They were joined by hundreds of graduates who received their awards from University Chancellor Steve Cram.

Wendy and Alun received Honorary Doctorates of Arts for their outstanding contribution to television and film.

Seaburn-born Lauren Laverne received an Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to the UK music and media industry, and for her role of ambassador for the region.

Historian and documentary film-maker Michael Wood is an ambassador for the World Heritage bid for Wearmouth-Jarrow.

He received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts for his work in making history accessible to a wide audience.

University vice-chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: "These people will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their academic success and embark on their careers."