CELEBRATED Scottish writer and producer, Steven Moffat OBE is going to be honoured by University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at its graduation ceremony on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley.

Steven, who was born and bred in Paisley, is best known for his role as writer and executive producer on award-winning BBC programmes, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

He was originally an English teacher working at Cowdenknowes High School in Greenock for over three years, and went on to experience success with his first foray into TV as the writer of the hit children's drama about a school newspaper, Press Gang, which ran from 1989 to 1993.

The BAFTA-award winning show, which stared Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher, ran for five series, with Moffat writing all 43 episodes.

He then went on to write Joking Apart, Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher, and Coupling, a winner of a British Comedy Award in 2003.

Since 2009 Steven, who is a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, has been the lead writer and executive producer of the show.

In 2010 the Emmy-award winning, Sherlock, which he created with Mark Gatiss, was first broadcast on the BBC.

He also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in 2011.

In 2012 he was presented with both the Royal Television Society Judges Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to Television’ and the BAFTA ‘Special Award’.

Steven, who was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to television, said: "It's always a joy to go home - but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it.

"I feel very honoured, and more importantly very happy."

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: "Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide.

"He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town.

"Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.

"Steven is a hugely deserving recipient of this Honorary Doctorate and we are delighted to honour him in his home town."