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 Friday, 24 January, 2003, 16:49 GMT
Soap's Ken Barlow graduates
William Roache
William Roache was made a Master of Arts
Coronation Street's William Roache has been given an honorary degree at the University of Derby.

The actor has played soap character Ken Barlow since 1960 and said he was very proud to be recognised for his work in television.

The 70-year-old, who is the only original cast member remaining in the soap, was among a number of achievers who were honoured in Derby.

Mr Roache, who was born in Ilkeston, said after receiving the Master of Arts that he now felt as clever as his character Ken.

Ken's 'equal'

"Ken has always had BA from Manchester and now I have got an MA from Derby, but now I have actually overtaken him.

"I have always felt intellectually inferior to him but now I am on a level."

He received his degree alongside hundreds of other successful students officially graduating on Friday and Saturday at the Derby Assembly Rooms.

Blind adventurer

Among them is the first person to take part in a new Learning at Work course which enables people to get a university qualification through their achievements at work.

Other honorary graduates are blind adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber, marathon walker John Merrill and pioneering occupational therapist Professor Ann Wilcock.

The University makes its Honorary Awards each year to people who have strong links with the Derbyshire region and who personally and professionally serve to inspire others.

University Vice-chancellor, Professor Roger Waterhouse said: "Our new honorary recipients display qualities and uphold values that the university prizes."


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