Motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart was awarded an honorary degree on Thursday (24Oct13) for his work promoting awareness of dyslexia.

The three times Formula 1 champion, 74, discovered he had the condition when he was in his 40s and has devoted himself to helping fellow sufferers.

He was handed the doctorate by officials at Edinburgh University in Scotland and told guests at the ceremony, "I am very proud to have been selected for an honorary degree. This is not for anything I achieved in my motor racing career. It's to do with my efforts in education, which is so much more important.

"When I was at school, I was told I was stupid, dumb and thick. It had a horrible effect on my life as a young person. Now, all teacher training colleges in Scotland have agreed every new teacher will have skills for early recognition of children with learning disabilities."