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Stephen Sutton Awarded Posthumous Honorary Degree By Coventry University

11/11/2014 12:33 GMT | Updated 11/11/2014 12:59 GMT

Teenage cancer sufferer and fundraiser Stephen Sutton is to be posthumously awarded an honorary degree by Coventry University.

The 19-year-old, who raised more than £5m for charity, is to receive an honorary doctorate of science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to highlighting the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, the institution said.

The announcement comes on the day that Stephen's mother is due to collect his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Stephen, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, died in May after a four-year battle against bowel cancer.

The Teenage Cancer Trust announced in September that around £1.2 million of the money raised thanks to his efforts would go to support vital research and to create 50 scholarships in the teenager's name for professionals to train for Coventry University's Postgraduate Certificate in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care.

The scholarships have been set up in recognition of Stephen's ambition to pursue a medical career.

Coventry said the honorary degree will be accepted by his mother, Jane Sutton, in a ceremony at Coventry Cathedral next Tuesday, November 18.

In the same week, the university will award honorary doctorates to a number of other individuals, including film director Ken Loach, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and former Sainsbury's chief Justin King.

The university's vice-chancellor, John Latham, said: "Our honorary graduates have all excelled in or contributed to their respective fields in a way that deserves the utmost respect and admiration, so it is a pleasure to be commending them alongside our own graduands during the graduation ceremonies next week.

"I hope our students will be inspired by the passion and perseverance of these individuals as they embark on their own careers.

"Stephen's commendation is particularly fitting, not only in light of his wish to pursue a medical career, but also coming soon after the Teenage Cancer Trust announced it would be using part of the money he raised to fund scholarships for professionals to train at Coventry University. We're delighted to be supporting Stephen's legacy in this way."