BRDC president Damon Hill has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Northampton at the institution's Winter Graduation ceremonies.

The 1996 Formula One title winner was given the honour in recognition of his career and his connections to the local area thanks to his position with the Silverstone-based BRDC. The award also represents the part Silverstone plays in supporting education.

"It's a great honour to be made a Fellow of the University," Hill said. "My headmaster would appreciate the irony of the situation - when I asked his advice many years ago he told me not to waste my education on motor sport, but I made it to university in the end!

"Quite clearly we're in a difficult economic situation at the moment and all of you are no doubt thinking about the future. Looking at my experience in motor sport there are a number of individuals who achieved success by being problem-solvers. They knuckled down to compete on the world stage by developing race-winning cars, and in this country we still have the edge over the world."

Acclaimed theatre director and artistic director of the Headlong Theatre Rupert Goold also received an Honorary Doctorate for national and international recognition in his field plus his connections to Northampton at the same ceremony.

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