The honorary award of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) recognises both Jon’s art and achievements and his support for others, particularly young people.
Jon, who was born in Peterhead, is internationally recognised for his impressive body of work – his most recent film ‘Stan and Ollie’ which is based on the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy was awarded a Scottish BAFTA and his achievements have been recognised by the Scottish Parliament.
He attended Peterhead Academy until 1990 when he went onto study politics at university. Upon graduating, he began his career at the BBC in London, making connections and honing his skills as a Director. His films have included ‘It’s a casual life’, ‘Cass’ and an adaption of the Irvin Welsh novel ‘Filth’.
He is committed to giving back to the community through encouraging young people into the creative industries and still travels back to Peterhead Academy to provide support and advice to students.
Jon is also a keen supporter of the Doric language and this year he supported the establishment of the Doric Film Competition, an initiative to encourage film makers to submit work in Doric.
Professor John Harper, Principal of RGU, said: “Jon Baird is a hugely talented director who has not only made some significant achievements throughout his successful career, but is also committed to supporting the young students of today.
“I am delighted RGU is honouring Jon for his contribution to the creative industries which I’m sure will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their success and embark on their future careers.”