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10cc star to be honoured by Staffordshire University

Former 10cc star Kevin Godley is to receive a university's highest honour.

Godley, who was the drummer with the band which had a string of hits in the 1970s, will be given the Doctor of Arts award by Staffordshire University.

The star, who also featured in Godley and Creme, graduate of graphic design from Stoke-on-Trent Regional College of Art, one of three colleges that merged in 1971 to form North Staffordshire Polytechnic, now Staffordshire University.

The 72-year-old is also a respected music video director and has worked with the likes of U2, The Police, Snow Patrol and Elbow.

The university will hand out the honorary awards next month, with former Coronation Street actress and playwright Deborah McAndrew and ex-Stoke MP Tristam Hunt also to be recognised.

Vice-chancellor Professor Liz Barnes said: "These are all inspirational people and we look forward to welcoming them to be part of our Connected University community.

"Many of the people nominated for honorary degrees this year have played a leading role in talking up our city and our region and inspiring young people about their futures and what they can achieve through developing their knowledge and skills.

"Our graduating Class of 2018, many of which come are from our region, are testimony to the transformative power of higher education and we look forward to sharing their stories of achievement with our honorary graduates and honoured guests."

More than 2,400 graduates are to be congratulated on their achievements by Professor Barnes and Chancellor of Staffordshire University, the Lord Stafford, during the week of ceremonies to be held at Trentham Gardens from July 10 to 13.

Gareth Higgins, managing director of engineering firm KMF, and Sinead Butters, chief executive of Aspire Housing will also be recognised with honorary degrees for their role in promoting opportunities for young people in North Staffordshire.

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