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Honorary degree for top politician

One of the country's best known politicians received an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde today - Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell QC CBE was awarded Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell QC CBE was awarded Doctor of Laws (LLD)

The Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife studied law at the University of Glasgow, before being awarded a scholarship to Stanford University. He competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as sprinter and held the British 100m record for several years.

He became chairman of the Scottish Liberals in 1975, before being elected MP in 1987. He was the Lib Dem chief spokesman on foreign affairs and defence in 1992 and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

Since 2003, he has been deputy leader. He was awarded his knighthood in 2003, having previously received a CBE in 1999. He is also a Privy Councillor.

Sir Duncan Michael was also awarded Doctor of Science (DSc) last week. He is a Director of the Arup Trustee companies, and was Chairman of Arup Group (consulting engineers) from 1995 to 2000. His career has largely focused on works for the built environment as a consulting engineer, including urban building, roads and railways in many countries.

He has created successful businesses in China, California, New York and Turkey. His business focus is change management and corporate ownership and he gives support to education for the built environment through roles at various universities.

11 July 2005