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Honorary degree for Stephanie Hirst

Radio star and transgender role model Stephanie Hirst receives an Honorary Doctorate today from Leeds Beckett University.

Role model: Stephanie H

Stephanie was born as Simon in Barnsley in 1975 and in 2014 she left her presenting position on Capital Radio to begin living as Stephanie, leaving behind her old life as Simon.

She said at the time her decision was made when she realised she would never be happy living as a man.

Stephanie receives the award for her contribution to public life.


Hull school pupils stand up during lessons in health initiative

Pupils at a school in Hull are being encouraged to stand up during lessons in a bid to improve their health.

Alex Sherwood, games organiser at Sirius Academy, and headteacher John Sherwood launched the Hull Schools Stand Up initiative in response to research showing young people spend too much time being sedentary.

Students have welcomed the idea, which could be followed by other schools in the area.


Lucy and Trip Hazard's BGT hopes rest on 'wild card'

Lucy Heath's dreams of winning Britain's Got Talent have been all but dashed when she and her dog Trip Hazard failed to get voted through to the finals.

Lucy, from Billngborough in South Lincolnshire, was hoping the double act would become another canine winner of the competition but they failed to get through tonight's semi-finals. Their only hope now is that they make it to the final on Saturday on a 'wild card'.

Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard

Yorkshire pupils at a disadvantage due to unfair funding, claims new report

Unfair school funding is putting thousands of children in Yorkshire and the Humber at a disadvantage, according to a new report.

Pupils in the north receive on average £900 less that those in London Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Primary schools in the north of England receive on average £900 less per pupil than those in London. The study recommends money should be redistributed to tackle the north-south educational divide.

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