BOXING legend Frank Bruno MBE joined public sector chief Ann Abraham in receiving honorary doctorates from Bournemouth University on Monday.

Over 400 graduates from the university’s Faculty of Management also received their honours.

Frank, who received a Doctor of Arts for his work raising awareness of mental health, said: “It’s a nice thing. Thank you to Bournemouth University and the people who put my name forward. God bless them, it’s very, very touching.

“I don’t think you can go to a better place than Bournemouth University. I think they’re up to date, hi-tech, and they’re really on point with helping people with mental health.”

Also receiving an honorary Doctorate was Ann Abraham. Formerly a chief executive of the National Association of Citizens and Advice Bureaux, and Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman, Ann has been a key figure in health services around Bournemouth.

Ann, recipient of a Doctor of Business Administration, said: “It’s a great honour in any context but particularly because it’s my local university I think that makes it very special.”

Around 4,000 students will graduate from Bournemouth University this year over seven ceremonies at the BIC running this week until Friday.