Rolf Harris has been stripped of an honorary degree from the University of East London, effective of today.
The entertainer, 84, was found guilty of 12 indecent assaults on four young women and girls, one as young as seven or eight, at Southwark Crown Court on Monday 30 June.
In response, the University of London’s governing board agreed unanimously to withdraw the degree given to him in 2007 for his contribution to the arts and culture. The University has notified Harris’s legal team.
“The Board of Governors at the UEL has approved a recommendation by the Vice-Chancellor’s Group to withdraw Mr Harris’ honorary award, effective immediately today,” UEL told student newspaper The Tab.
“The University has communicated this decision to Mr Harris’s legal representatives.
“We would like to extend our sympathies to all those who may have been victims of Mr Harris’ wrongful actions.”
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
Rolf Harris: A life in pictures
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Rolf Harris in 'Stars on Sunday' TV Programme (1969 -1979)
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Rolf Harris and his daughter painting a wall together, 1967
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Rolf Harris on the 'Rolf Harris Show', 1973
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Rolf Harris in 1968
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Rolf Harris smiles during the 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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Rolf Harris with art book he wrote for children in London, 1978
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Australian entertainer Rolf Harris gets ready to blow his didgeridoo to promote a concert at Central Hall, Westminster, staged to raise money for research into cancer in children at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
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Rolf Harris sketches a picture of Bambi, 1986
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Rolf Harris and his wife at the David Frost's Society Party in London, 2001
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Rolf Harris performing at Glastonbury 2010
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Rolf Harris performs in 'The Rolf Harris Show' in 1973
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"Rolf Harris" book signing in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris with his portrait of the Queen at a London art gallery in 2010
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Rolf Harris at the Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2012 in London
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Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen attend the Press & VIP preview at The Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, 2010
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Rolf Harris surrounded by media leaves City of Westminster Magistrates Courts in London, 2013
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Entertainer Rolf Harris and his wife Alwen Hughes (L) arrive at Southwark Crown Court in central London, 6 May, 2014
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Rolf Harris is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court, in central London, 2013
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Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, 27 June 2014
Harris will be sentenced tomorrow, Friday 4 July.
The children’s television presenter also received a doctorate of letters from Liverpool Hope University in 2010 for his to art and music education, although this is yet to be revoked.
“The University notes the decision of the courts, and pending any appeals will consider its position in due course,” said a spokesperson.
Video: Reaction to Rolf Harris conviction
He has already been stripped of his BAFTA fellowship in light of his conviction. He could also lose his CBE from the Queen, received in 2006.
The Honours and Appointments Secretariat to the Forfeiture Committee is able to revoke an honour if an individual has been found guilty of a criminal offence.Reuse content