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Sunday 28 December 2014

Lily Cole awarded honorary degree

Lily Cole received an honorary degree from Caledonian University
Lily Cole received an honorary degree from Caledonian University

Lily Cole has been honoured for her environmental and humanitarian work.

The 25-year-old actress and model received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University, two years after she graduated from Cambridge University, an experience that she described as "quite different".

She said: "It is pretty fun, I was quite surprised at first and very honoured and then a bit nervous but now I'm here and it actually just feels quite jolly.

"Cambridge was three years with an end goal in mind so it was quite different. In some ways this feels like I have done less work for this because there hasn't been exams or dissertations, but I also feel like the work they are acknowledging has taken more energy than my degree did."

Lily, who starred in a remake of St Trinian's and Snow White, is an ambassador for a number of charities including Global Angels, WaterAid and the Environmental Justice Foundation.

She has modelled for the Save The Future campaign to fight child labour in the fashion industry and said she has always been interested in environmental and humanitarian issues.

"To be honest I think I would be inclined that way, regardless of having a public image," said the star.

"I think it is just an important part of being human, and then I just ended up in the weird position of having a public image and I thought seeing as I do I might as well combine those desires."

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