SHE’S used to waking up Britain every morning on national TV, but Ranvir Singh was “humbled” to be awarded an honorary degree from a Lancashire university.
Preston-born Ranvir, a former pupil of Woodlands School and Kirkham Grammar, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Arts by Edge Hill University this week.
The Good Morning Britain presenter said: “It was genuinely surprising and humbling to be recognised in this way. Graduation is a lovely moment in people’s lives and to be part of it is something to treasure.”
Addressing graduates as she accepted the degree, Ranvir advised against being “dazzled by the glamour of television”, adding: “If you go into it thinking you’re going to work sociable hours, immediately get a good salary, or have a social life you’re not going to be successful.”
Ranvir is not a new face on campus, having visited Edge Hill while working for North West Tonight: “I’d visited Edge Hill before but continue to be impressed by the exemplary nature of what’s on offer here.
“I’ve never seen anything like the university’s media centre, Creative Edge - there are working TV stations in the industry that don’t have that level of equipment.”
In July 2013, Ranvir received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire.
UCLan is also where fashion student Carly Ogogo, sister of Olympic bronze medal boxer and Strictly Come Dancing star Anthony Ogogo, has just been awarded her Masters Degree in Fashion Design.
Carly, 23, from Lowestoft, says she has no plans to move back to her native Suffolk now that she’s graduated, explaining: “I love Preston - I think it’s lovely and it has a good community spirit.
“The people remind me of the people from home - there’s a country feel to Preston even though it’s a city.”
Following in her big brother’s footsteps, Carly is also a boxing star and hopes to compete in the Olympics. She won an ABA title in 2013 and keeps up with her training at Larches and Savick Boxing Club in Preston.
She isn’t looking for the celeb lifestyle like Anthony though, explaining: “I don’t know about the limelight but I’d like to be a role model for women in sports.
“I’d love to be a boxer and have a job in fashion. I can’t wait to design my own shorts - my brother’s boxing in Febuary so I’m going to ask if I can design his.”
Carly is currently working with Preston author, Tony Slater, designing artwork for an upcoming book on Preston celebrities’ dinner-party habits.