The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland has received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Leicester.
Dr Laurence Howard has many links with the university, where he studied for his PhD in neurophysiology in 1971.
In 1974, he became a lecturer in physiology there and held the role of senior lecturer in physiology between 1988 and 1990. In 1990, he was appointed sub-dean to the medical school and later sub-dean of the faculty of medicine and biological science, until his appointment as Lord Lieutenant in 2003.
Dr Howard said: “I am both delighted and honoured. The University of Leicester is a fine institution, made all the finer by those who work and study here and I am immensely proud of my connections with it.”