Gordon Aikman to receive honorary degree

Gordon Aikman. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gordon Aikman. Picture: Ian Georgeson

A leading Motor Neurone Disease campaigner from Kirkcaldy is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Gordon Aikman – who successfully lobbied the First Minister to publicly fund and double the number of specialist MND nurses across Scotland – will receive a honorary doctorate at a graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 4.

The 30 year old – who is a former graduate of the University of Edinburgh – will be honoured in recognition of his contribution to improving research and care for MND patients. Since being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014, Gordon has raised almost £300,000 for MND research. The University of Edinburgh is home to the Euan MacDonald Centre – a world-leading centre for Motor Neurone Disease research.