Scott Mills gets degree from Southampton Solent University

Honorary degree for Radio 1 DJ

Honorary degree for Radio 1 DJ

First published in Entertainments Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

SOUTHAMPTON-BORN Radio 1 star Scott Mills has already won a place in the hearts of millions of listeners, written a musical about his own life, and even become best of friends with the Hoff.

Now, the DJ, who grew up in Eastleigh, is following in the footsteps of Craig David, Shane Warne, Fiona Phillips and Charlie Dimmock by picking up an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University.

The former Crestwood School pupil, 35, who hosts Radio 1’s drivetime The Scott Mills Show, will line up alongside thousands of students next month when he receives the honorary award of Doctor of Arts.

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At the age of 16, Scott became the youngest radio presenter in the country when he landed the “graveyard” early morning slot on Power FM after bombarding station chiefs with demo tapes.

After a stint on the Segensworth-based station’s drivetime show, he moved on to radio jobs in Bristol, Manchester and London, before joining Radio 1 in 1998.

He has been presenting his current 4pm- 7pm show since 2004.

In August this year, Scott Mills the Musical ran at the Edinburgh Festival, after listeners suggested the DJ create a show based on his life.

And he’s also played out part of his life in front of the TV cameras.

Earlier this year he returned to his old school in Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh, for a visit with Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, when the pair were filming a six-part reality show based on Scott’s life as a follow- up to his Living With The Hoff documentary.

A regular host of the National Lottery draws, he has also made cameo TV appearances on Casualty, Hollyoaks and The Bill, as well as appearing on Mastermind, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Sunday Night Project.

Other recipients of honorary awards from Solent University this year will include ex-Saints legend and Daily Echo columnist Terry Paine, Isle of Wight-based actress Celia Imrie, sailors Alex Thomson and Paul Goodison, author Kathy Lette, and head of P&O cruises Carol Marlow.

Only last week Winchester University gave an honorary doctorate to grumpy comedian Jack Dee and TV presenter David Frost.

The degrees will be handed out at the university’s graduation ceremonies at Southampton Guildhall between November 2 and 6.

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10:15am Tue 27 Oct 09

Militant Ford Worker says...

Benny Hill, Heinz Burt and now Scott Mills.
Just how much talent can this little town
produce?
I hope Eastleigh Council will change the Town's boundary signposts to reflect it's status as Hampshires very own 'Home of the Stars'.
Benny Hill, Heinz Burt and now Scott Mills. Just how much talent can this little town produce? I hope Eastleigh Council will change the Town's boundary signposts to reflect it's status as Hampshires very own 'Home of the Stars'. Militant Ford Worker
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10:56am Tue 27 Oct 09

goard says...

Who is Scott Mills? Should I feel thrilled?
Who is Scott Mills? Should I feel thrilled? goard
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11:24am Tue 27 Oct 09

freemantlegirl2 says...

goard wrote:
Who is Scott Mills? Should I feel thrilled?
Errr didn't you read the above????

I doubt he'll care whether you're thrilled or not lol

Way to go Scotty! ;)
[quote][p][bold]goard[/bold] wrote: Who is Scott Mills? Should I feel thrilled?[/p][/quote]Errr didn't you read the above???? I doubt he'll care whether you're thrilled or not lol Way to go Scotty! ;) freemantlegirl2
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12:36pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Jammy Donut says...

Does an ego tripping moron deserve a degree ?
Oh....I see its Solent Uni Tech
Does an ego tripping moron deserve a degree ? Oh....I see its Solent Uni Tech Jammy Donut
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3:21pm Tue 27 Oct 09

The Mad Dog says...

Yawn, yawn, yawn.
Yawn, yawn, yawn. The Mad Dog
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4:54pm Tue 27 Oct 09

huckit P says...

Never heard of him. But it does suggest that even honorary degrees are being dumbed down.
Never heard of him. But it does suggest that even honorary degrees are being dumbed down. huckit P
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9:14pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Andy Locks Heath says...

And to think I wasted 7 years of my life on my doctorate. If only I'd known Southampton College of Technology gave them away.
And to think I wasted 7 years of my life on my doctorate. If only I'd known Southampton College of Technology gave them away. Andy Locks Heath
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11:46pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Condor Man says...

I think people are being a little unkind, I'm no fan of Scott Mills but by all accounts the kids at Crestwood were made up when he brought The Hoff there.
I think people are being a little unkind, I'm no fan of Scott Mills but by all accounts the kids at Crestwood were made up when he brought The Hoff there. Condor Man
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1:08am Wed 28 Oct 09

baume says...

oh well eastleigh for once in the paper for something good .
oh well eastleigh for once in the paper for something good . baume
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