MIDDLESEX University has awarded former international cricketer Phil Tufnell an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements in sport and the media.

He joined students graduating from sports related courses at the Hendon campus in The Burroughs yesterday.

He said: “As a cricketer, Middlesex was my county team and North London is where I grew up, so it’s a real pleasure to receive this honorary doctorate from Middlesex University. I’m wishing the next generation of graduates the best of luck.”

As well as a successful cricket career with Middlesex and England, Mr Tufnell has also starred on TV shows such as A Question of Sport and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Michael Driscoll, said: “Phil was a match winner on the pitch but also a much loved character off it. To be able to honour a local boy who has reached the very top of his game is a real pleasure, and his achievements will be an inspiration to our students.”

The award was made as part of the university’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.

Awards were also handed to Shami Chakrabarti for her achievements in law and human rights, writer and commentator Will Hutton for his achievements in business and Lynne Franks in recognition of her achievements in business and the media.