Susan Boyle: Honorary doctorate for singer

Singer Susan Boyle Susan Boyle was honoured by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University

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Singer Susan Boyle has received an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the creative industries.

She was honoured by Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University, where she studied for a certificate in caring.

The degree is for work in society at large, which the university said reflected its commitment to the communities it serves.

It was presented to the West Lothian star by founding chancellor Sir Tom Farmer.

Brought up in Blackburn, Boyle made her name on ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

One YouTube clip of the performance where she sang I Dreamed A Dream, from the musical Les Miserables, has had 21.5 million hits.

Her first album in 2009, I Dreamed A Dream, was at the time the fastest-selling debut album ever.

With the release of two further albums, Boyle has since sold about 18 million albums worldwide and has 120 platinum and gold albums across 38 countries.

She has sung on TV in the UK, the US, Australia, Ireland and Japan, and performed for Pope Benedict XVI and the Queen.

The singer also performed live to half a billion people on the TV show China's Got Talent.

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