The Bard of
Barnsley’s reyt proud of his new honour...

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IAN McMillan’s career as a poet, author, columnist and broadcaster was recognised at York Minster yesterday when he was made a Doctor of Letters.

McMillan, 56, received the honour during the first day of York St John University’s graduation ceremonies.

Hundreds of successful students will receive degrees this week at York Minster alongside six honorary graduates.

McMillan was honoured for his work which also includes regular visits to schools, theatres, art centres, prisons and literary festivals where he shares his humour and passion for writing.

He said: “It was fantastic to see so many people, young and old, receiving their degrees, great to see that endeavour rewarded and in such a wonderful setting.

“This is the fourth time I have received an honorary doctor so I am now Doctor Doctor Doctor Doctor Ian McMillan.”

His achievements have previously been recognised by Sheffield Hallam University, the University Campus Barnsley, which is run by Huddersfield University, and Staffordshire University where he was once a student when it was North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

“I said in my acceptance speech let’s hope that some of the clever ones stay here in Yorkshire
rather than them going down south.”

Glynn Ryland, industry talent manager for Channel 4, and former York St John graduate also received a Doctor of Letters yesterday.

Today the university will honour Archbishop Desmond Tutu with an honorary Doctor of Laws which he will receive alongside York St John’s education and theology graduates.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s chief executive Julian Unwin will also be receiving a Doctor of Laws today.