Alexei Sayle receives his award from Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater

Liverpool-born comedian and broadcaster Alexei Sayle was today made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by Edge Hill University.

Upon receiving his award, Alexei told of watching the campus grow on visits to Ormskirk since family members moved to the town in the early 1990s. He also praised the University’s commitment to employability.

He said: “I’m not only impressed by the facilities at this marvellous institution, but also the effort made to guide students from study into their professions – it’s very different to when I was a student and might have helped me decide what I wanted to do more quickly.”

He joked: “I need to provide those graduating today with some inspirational advice so I’ll refer to one of my stand up characters who is a bit of Zen master. He says ‘when one door closes, another opens.’ I used to have a Vauxhall Astra that was like that…”

A stand-up comedian, actor, author, radio and television broadcaster, columnist and recording artist, Alexei is widely regarded as one of the most original and influential performers to emerge from the 1980s alternative comedy scene, and acknowledged as a creative innovator across numerous art forms.

Roger Shannon, Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University said: “Alexei Sayle is an innovator, an originator and a comedic agitator.

“Honorary Doctorates at Edge Hill University are an important way in which we can acknowledge the highest of achievements. Alexei has demonstrated these in so many ways.

“His attainments demonstrate what an excellent role model he is for the University and for its students, and we are delighted to mark his many successes with an Honorary Doctorate today.”