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Sheffield Hallam University honours Burberry designer
Mar '11
Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of British luxury brand Burberry, has received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University, which he describes as "an incredible place, with inspiring students and a diverse and individual style".

Christopher received his honorary doctorate in front of an invited audience of Sheffield Hallam fashion students and academics, along with representatives from the city's fashion industry.

The award was given in recognition of his services to the fashion industry and his charitable work in the UK.

Christopher enjoyed the opportunity to tour the University's facilities and meet some of the students before the ceremony. He also conducted a 20 minute question and answer session with the students, during which he gave them advice on staying focused on what they want to achieve. He said: "The great thing about this university is its diversity. There are people making things from steel, from wood, from stone, from cloth - all in the same place. That is really inspirational."

In his role as chief creative officer, Christopher is responsible for the design of all Burberry collections and products, as well as advertising, corporate art direction, architectural design, multi-media content and overall brand image.

Accepting his award, Christopher said: "It is a privilege and an honour to become a part of Sheffield Hallam University. I have been to a lot of Universities and what I have seen today is up there with the best in the UK.

"Today has been really inspiring and although the fashion course is relatively new, it already feels very established and has a clear point of view. It is a very diverse place and everyone here is displaying their own individuality. Be inspired by the passionate leaders you have here and by the different approaches and techniques that you will experience.

"I'm from Yorkshire and home means an awful lot to me. It is wonderful to have such an incredible and inspiring learning place at the heart of the region. Thank you for having me as part of your gang."

Professor Philip Jones, Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said: "We were delighted to welcome Christopher to the University. He has inspired our students and given them some invaluable advice and feedback that will shape their futures.

"We were particularly pleased to show Christopher the breadth of creative courses that we delivered here at Hallam and to show how our students use our state of the art facilities to turn their creative ideas into reality."

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