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Singer Midge Ure to receive honorary degree in Bath

Midge Ure
Midge Ure has lived in the Bath area for the last 17 years

Eighties music icon Midge Ure OBE is to pick up an honorary degree from the University of Bath.

The former Ultravox singer will receive the award - alongside 800 other graduates - at the city's historic Assembly Rooms.

A charity campaigner, Midge is also known for his role in the creation of Band Aid and Live Aid, raising an estimated £150m for famine relief in Africa.

"Any recognition for any achievements made in life from anyone is a wonderful thing but to receive an honorary degree having left school at the age of 15 is something extremely special," he said.

"I have been living in the Bath area for 17 years now and feel very much part of the community.

"Receiving the award here emphasises that feeling of belonging."

'Follow your heart'

During the ceremony on Tuesday, 14 December, Midge will also address the audience of graduates and invited family and friends.

When asked about his advice for the graduates, he said: "Follow your heart, do something in life you are passionate about, don't do something just for the financial reward."

Professor David Bird from the University of Bath will be giving an oration in praise of Midge at the ceremony.

Figures who serve as a role model for young people
Figures who serve to make a statement about the University of Bath's position on moral or ethical issues
People with a local connection who have achieved a national or international reputation

"We honour the achievements of a Bath resident who inspired us to think of those less fortunate than ourselves," said Professor Bird.

"Through his exceptional artistic and charity work over the past 30 years, James 'Midge' Ure has contributed to saving and enriching countless lives around the world.

"It would be difficult to think of a person more appropriate for [this] award than Midge Ure."

Seven ceremonies will take place on 14 and 15 December.

The other four honorary graduates this winter include human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith OBE; author Philip Pullman CBE; Roger Porkess, from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEl); and Marcus du Sautoy OBE from the University of Oxford.

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