PHILANTHROPIST Sir Peter Lampl has been honoured by Durham University.
The founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law in recognition of his contribution to education and social mobility.
Sir Peter is also chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, set up in 2011 to improve the performance of the poorest children in the most challenging schools.
Durham University is a partner with The Sutton Trust in developing the best methods for measuring educational attainment and promoting access to the leading universities.
Durham’s Chancellor, opera singer Sir Thomas Allen, presented the degree.
Others to be honoured this week include theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs and leading scientist Professor David Phillips, who was born in South Shields.