Alasdair Malloy receives Honorary Doctorate from The University of the West of Scotland

We are delighted to announce that this week Alasdair Malloy will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in his hometown of Paisley. The recognition follows a vast contribution to music, education, culture and social enterprise. Alasdair’s diverse career as a highly creative musician crosses endless musical boundaries, and as a percussionist, glass harmonica player, programme deviser and presenter, musical arranger and conductor he has brought music to hundreds of thousands of people, of all ages, across the globe.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West of Scotland, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to award Alasdair, who makes such an important contribution not just culturally but also socially, with an Honorary Doctorate. His approach to music fits with UWS' philosophy of enabling everyone to be able to access music and education and he will undoubtedly be an inspiration to our high quality music students. He is a truly deserving recipient of this award.'

Alasdair is honoured to accept the award at the UWS annual Graduation Ceremony taking place at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday 12 July.  'I am delighted to receive this award from UWS particularly because it does not focus on any one aspect of my musical life but rather celebrates the diversity which I have enjoyed throughout my career. I believe that there is so much to be gained from keeping an open and searching musical mind as well as actively sharing experiences and enthusiasms with others and I am very honoured that this should be recognised.'

Read the full press release here.

Watch the ceremony again here (2:30pm BST, 12th July):