Susan Boyle has been given an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the creative industries.
The singer was honoured by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University on Friday, where she studied for a certificate in caring.
The degree is for work in society at large, which the university says reflects its commitment to the communities it serves.
Boyle hit the headlines when she sang I Dreamed A Dream on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.
Her performance of the Les Miserables song had millions of hits on YouTube in the following days and she became a worldwide star.
The singer still lives in Blackburn, West Lothian where she lived when she starred on the show.
Her first album in 2009, I Dreamed A Dream, was at the time the fastest-selling debut album ever. With the release of two further albums, Boyle has since sold around 18 million albums worldwide and has 120 platinum and gold albums across 38 countries.
She has sung on TV in the UK, the US, Australia, Ireland and Japan, and performed for Pope Benedict XVI and the Queen. She sang live to half a billion people on the TV show China's Got Talent.
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