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Univeristy honours F1's Flying Scot

Thu, 24 Oct 2013

FORMULA ONE hero Sir Jackie Stewart will receive an honorary degree today.

The 74-year-old racing star will collect the award from Edinburgh Napier University at a ceremony in the city.

Known as "The Flying Scot", he won the Grand Prix 27 times and was Formula 1 World Champion three times.

Since the end of his career Sir Jackie has acted as a commentator and racing safety advocate.

He is also president of the charity Dyslexia Scotland after discovering he had the condition at 42.

The former champion from West Dunbartonshire, who received a knighthood in 2001, has previously told how his dyslexia went undiagnosed throughout his time at school.

He said he believes it pushed him to find success in other areas, including the racing and business world.

Sir Jackie will join hundreds of students for the graduation ceremony at Usher Hall.

By Lucy Christie, Press Association