Tyneside-born pop superstar Sting is among those to be honoured by Newcastle University, it has been announced.
Sting will receive the honour in May
The former singer with The Police will become an honorary Doctor of Music (DMus) at a ceremony in May.
Former Northumbria and Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens will become an honorary Doctor of Civil Law at the same ceremony.
Founders of Newcastle's Centre for the Children's Books, Mary Briggs and Elizabeth Hammill are also honoured.
The government's chief scientific adviser Sir David King will receive an honorary doctor of science (DSc) degree.
The same honour will be given to Dr Alan Reece, a graduate of agricultural engineering at Newcastle University, who founded Soil Machine Dynamics, which makes machines that work on the sea bed.
Newcastle University's registrar Dr John Hogan said: "With the award of an honorary degree, the university seeks to recognise individuals who... have achieved successes that are an inspiration to us all."