Peter James receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Brighton

Bestselling crime writer Peter James today received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Brighton. The award-winning author and film producer became a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the arts and to the status, infrastructure and culture of Brighton and Hove.

Peter James, who lives near Lewes, East Sussex, received his doctorate from Deputy Vice-Chancellor, David House, today (Thursday 30th July), during graduation ceremonies at the Brighton Dome.

‘I’m really thrilled to be honoured by the university,’ says Peter. ‘It has given me an incredible feeling, although I must confess I’m not sure if I deserve it. I was born in Brighton and this has enhanced an already strong bond and love I have for the city.”

Peter James’ publisher, Pan Macmillan, has agreed to sponsor two academic excellence scholarships. The Peter James Scholarship will be awarded to the best first-year and best second-year undergraduate students on the BA (Hons) English Language and Literature degree courses for the academic year 2008-09.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor David House says, ‘We are delighted and grateful to Pan Macmillan for supporting the university in this way. We are strongly committed to our work in English language and literature and I am sure these scholarships will enhance our reputation and provide an incentive and reward to students of excellence.’

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