In addition to political reporting, Kirsty hosted The Review Show, the weekly Arts and Cultural review and comment show, for over a decade.
Career highlights have included conducting long form interviews with Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Damien Hirst and George Clooney, to name just a few.
Kirsty has several major accolades to her name including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.
Kirsty said: “I feel very privileged to receive this Honorary Doctorate from an institution which offers so much to local students. It’s also an area with which I feel a great affinity which made the day extra special.”