Monday, October 12, 2009 11:09am ET by Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker awarded Honorary Doctorate
Jarvis Cocker is to be awarded an honorary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University this November.
Sheffield-born Cocker credits the establishment – where Pulp first gave John Peel a demo tape – as being responsible for his career in music and art.
His studies at the then-polytechnic (now part of Sheffield Hallam University) also led to him being offered a place at London's Central St Martin's college in 1988, reports Uncut.co.uk.
"Sheffield Hallam started my career in two ways – firstly as a musician because John Peel 'discovered' us at Sheffield Polytechnic, and then as an artist," Cocker explained.
"If Sheffield Polytechnic hadn't allowed me to study on an access course then I would never have got my place at St Martins [college in London]."
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