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Edinburgh Napier Uni honours Sir Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart collects his honorary degree. Picture: TSPL

Sir Jackie Stewart collects his honorary degree. Picture: TSPL

Formula 1 hero Sir Jackie Stewart has spoken of his pride at receiving an honorary degree.

The 74-year-old motor racing star collected the award from Edinburgh Napier University at a ceremony in the city.

Known as The Flying Scot, he won the Grand Prix 27 times and was Formula 1 world champion three times.

Sir Jackie said: “I am very proud to have been selected for an honorary degree at Edinburgh Napier University. It is always nice to be recognised, particularly in your own country.”

Since the end of his career, Sir Jackie has acted as a commentator and racing safety advocate. He is also president of the charity Dyslexia Scotland after discovering he had the condition at the age of 42.

The former champion, from West Dunbartonshire, who received a knighthood in 2001, has previously told how his dyslexia went undiagnosed throughout his time at school. He said he believes it pushed him to find success in other areas, including in racing and business.

He joined almost 1,000 students for the graduation ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

Robert Currie, president of the International Clan Currie Society, received an honorary doctorate of arts in recognition of his efforts to promote Scottish heritage across the world.

Professor Andrea Nolan, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “We’re really proud to see our students graduating alongside these accomplished individuals. Their drive, passion and integrity is admirable and a true inspiration to our students.”

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