Jarvis Cocker to be awarded honorary doctorate

Sheffield Hallam University to honour Pulp singer next month

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Jarvis Cocker is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University at ceremony due to take place in November.

Jarvis, former Pulp leader and now solo artist, film director and artist, studied at Sheffield Polytechnic – the college which is now part of Sheffield Hallam University.

It was at the Poly that Pulp gave their demo tape to Radio 1 DJ John Peel – which led to their first Peel Session.

On the honour, Jarvis says: “It is great to receive an Honorary Doctorate from a university in my home town, and the fact that I have also studied at the University makes it extra special.

“Sheffield Hallam started my career in two ways – firstly as a musician because John Peel ‘discovered’ us at Sheffield Polytechnic, and then as an artist. If Sheffield Polytechnic hadn’t allowed me to study on an Access course then I would never have got my place at St. Martin’s.”

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