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Mr Tumble to get honorary law degree from Dundee Uni

Mr Tumble
Image caption Justin Fletcher is better known as popular children's television presenter Mr Tumble

Children's television presenter Justin Fletcher, better known as Cbeebies star Mr Tumble, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Dundee.

The BAFTA-winning entertainer is among ten leading figures from literature, cinema, science and media to be honoured by the university.

Writer Roddy Doyle, film director Bill Forsyth and BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor also made the list.

All will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) in June.

Writers Dr Jung Chang and Stuart MacBride will also be honoured, alongside Watchmen graphic novelist Dave Gibbons, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, renowned molecular biologist Prof Frank Grosveld, and child health expert Prof Neil Buist.

They will receive their degrees alongside about 3,500 students at the summer graduations at the Caird Hall, between 24 and 26 June.

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Image caption BBC Scotland political editor and Dundee native Brian Taylor is also to be honoured

Principal and vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Pete Downes, said he looked forward to welcoming the honorary graduates to Dundee.

He said: "This university's core mission is to transform lives through the creation and sharing of knowledge, and in our honorary graduates we recognise individuals who have done that in their own lives and can stand as the best possible role models for our students and staff.

"Each of the people we will award an honorary degree to this summer fits that description.

"They have achieved great things in fields that are directly relevant to our own students here at Dundee, from Justin Fletcher's fantastic work with young children to Prof Frank Grosveld's groundbreaking work in molecular biology, and from Dave Gibbons' standing as one of the world's most read graphic novelists to Bill Forsyth's status as Scotland's greatest filmmaker."

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