Courteeners frontman and songwriter Liam Fray was this week awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts as part of the university's July graduation ceremonies, following the singer's studies 11 years ago.

From Middleton in north Manchester, Liam once studied Economics and then Creative Writing at the university, but with his passion in music beckoning him to pursue his dreams, he left and went on to front the group.


Since then he's exploded along with the rest of the Courteeners onto the music scene both in the UK and internationally, recently playing to 25,000 fans in Manchester's Heaton Park - a show which sold out within an hour of tickets going on sale.

Speaking about being awarded the Doctorate, Liam said: "It's so very humbling, and somewhat surreal, to be thought of and awarded a Doctorate of Arts by Salford University. When I left my Creative Writing course to dedicate more time to writing music, I never imagined I'd be coming back for something like this so soon. I feel like I'm accepting on behalf of all our fans, so massive love to all of them. And of course, kudos to Salford University for recognising such talent."

Several other people were also acknowledged at the graduation ceremonies from the university over the past week for their range of impressive contributions in their own respective fields.

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