Outlander author and former Irish president awarded honorary degrees

The creator of the hit television show joins renowned politicians and writers on the ceremonial honours list.

Outlander author and former Irish president awarded honorary degrees by Glasgow University STV News

Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon and former Irish president Mary Robinson are to receive honorary degrees from a Scottish university.

The author will become a doctor of letters at the University of Glasgow alongside Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole, while the politician is awarded doctor of the university.

Robinson was the first woman president of Ireland from 1990-1997 and served as the UN High Commissioner for human rights.

Meanwhile, American writer Gabaldon created the novels which were later adapted into a global hit television series starring Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe.

They join councillor Graham Campbell, Standard Life chairman Sir Douglas Flint, former Italian president Marco Monti and pioneering hand transplant recipient Corinne Hutton in receiving the ceremonial honour.

They will be recognised in a ceremony in the city on June 15.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, the institution’s principal & vice-chancellor, said: “It is an honour to recognise the work of such distinguished people from across the world at this year’s commemoration day, individuals who have a made a genuine difference to so many people’s lives across the globe, the UK and here in Scotland.

“Awarding honorary degrees is a way for the University to recognise the achievements of people who have made a positive impact and are world changers in their chosen fields.

“We look forward to celebrating their successes and welcoming them to our UofG community.”

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