Robert Gordon University revokes Donald Trump's honorary degree

Robert Gordon University, or RGU, in Aberdeen has revoked Donald Trump's honorary degree which the university awarded in 2010 after the US presidential front runner made controversial remarks about Muslims in statements during his campaign, writes Aftab Ali for The Independent. Trump had been awarded a Doctor of Business Administration (Hon DBA) at the university in October 2010.

12-12-2015 by The Independent

At the time when Trump was awarded the honorary degree, Professor John Harper – RGU’s acting principal and vice-chancellor – said: “Given that business and entrepreneurship lie at the heart of much of the university’s academic offering, it is only fitting to award Trump with an honorary degree. Last week, though, an RGU spokesman said: “In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university.” 

This move by RGU came shortly after Scotland's First, Minister Nicola Sturgeon, also stripped Trump of his role as a business ambassador for making the anti-Muslim remarks during his campaign speech.  

In another move, a petition has circulated calling for Trump to be refused entry to the UK and passed 200,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.  The significance of this is that the issue of whether Trump should be denied access to the UK, will be considered for debate in Parliament.