Phil Coulter's pride at doctorate honour from Open University
Phil Coulter is to be honoured today by the Open University.
The Northern Ireland-born composer, musician, singer and producer will receive the award of Doctor of the University at a ceremony at Dublin's Croke Park.
Mr Coulter will have his award conferred alongside 103 students from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds and from a spectrum of careers.
He was recognised for his exceptional contribution to education and culture.
Speaking about the honour, he said he was "truly delighted".
"I have long admired how the Open University has made higher education accessible to students who might otherwise never have aspired to getting a qualification.
"Many of today's graduates have had to manage their studies around their jobs, their families and their daily grind, with no sense of entitlement. I'm proud to join them."