A former Glasgow Lord Provost has been awarded an honorary degree for his commitment and service to the city.
Bob Winter, who retired earlier this year following a five-year spell as Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow, was today honoured by the University of Strathclyde where he studied.
The degree, which was conferred at a graduation ceremony held at the University’s Barony Hall this morning, comes a month after Winter was honoured with an OBE for services to local government and the local community.
Winter, who became an elected councillor in 1999 four-and-a-half decades on from starting a career in social work, served as Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow from 2007 to 2012. He was given the Freedom of the City of London five years ago.
Chief Operating Officer at the Glasgow-based institution, Hugh Hall, who delivered the oration for Mr Winter, said: “Bob Winter has had a lifelong connection with the city of Glasgow and returns to Strathclyde to accept this honorary degree having studied social work here as an undergraduate before embarking on his career in local government.
“Bob was the youngest director of social work in Scotland when he was appointed and was a founding member of the Association of Directors of Social Work, serving as an executive member for 27 years.
“He was a pioneer for community development, welfare rights, inter-agency co-operation and group work with children. He spearheaded several successful lobbying campaigns and the legacy of his work continues to be felt today.
“His dedication was recognised in 2007 when he was appointed Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow and having retired this year, his efforts were further recognised when he was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.”