A VICE chancellor from Salisbury has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to Southampton Solent University.

Professor Van Gore, right, who is retiring this week, received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University at a special dinner celebrating his seven years as vice chancellor.

The award recognises his achievement in working to gain university status for Solent in 2005, leading the institution through its formative years, and spearheading plans for an ambitious redevelopment of the university’s estate and facilities.

The university’s chancellor Lord Alan West said: “As vice chancellor Van has led the university’s rapid growth and development, creating a strong and distinctive university that is now widely acclaimed for its maritime, creative industries and sport specialisms.”

This year, Prof Gore was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his services to higher education.

On receiving his award, he said: “I am very proud to be receiving an honorary doctorate from Solent University, which is not simply a provider of higher education but also a community asset, a business and an important employer in the region.”