'Stuff of dreams': Biffy Clyro frontman to receive honorary degree

Simon Neil will receive a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil to be awarded honorary degree by Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Caledonian University

Biffy Clyro’s frontman Simon Neil is set to receive an honorary degree next week from Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Ayrshire-born vocalist, guitarist and songwriter will receive a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the university for his “continued inspiration to all creatives the world over”.

He will be honoured along with eight other notable personalities, including former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who will receive a Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Neil said: “To receive this doctorate is an honour I could never have expected. To receive it in Glasgow, a city which has featured so long and so supportively in the band’s story, is the stuff of dreams.

“I am also proud to be connected to such a forward-thinking an institution as Glasgow Caledonian University, and accept this honour with gratitude and respect.”

It comes ahead of the Kilmarnock rock trio's Hydro performance on November 6, 2022. Getty Images

At the ceremonies, graduates will also hear messages from the University’s leadership team, including Chancellor Dr Annie Lennox OBE and Vice Chancellor and Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE.

Biffy Clyro is a three-piece band whose 25-year career highlights include three No.1 and platinum-selling albums in the UK and beyond.

Simon was individually awarded Kerrang! magazine’s Classic Songwriter award, as well as the inaugural Fender Play award at the 2018 Q Awards.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, said: “Graduation ceremonies are very special events at which the whole University community comes together as one to celebrate the considerable achievements of our talented students, all of whom are strongly committed to our mission for the common good.

“Graduations also afford us the opportunity to welcome distinguished individuals into our GCU family as honorary graduates. This year we are privileged indeed to honour many worthy recipients.

“They all share a deeply held core set of values that align with our own. They authentically live these values and are an inspiration to us all.”

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