Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has had a Birmingham City University academic accolade named after him.
The Birmingham-born former Black Sabbath frontman said he was “honoured” to have a prize named after him by the university’s School of Media.
The Ozzy Osbourne Development Award will be handed to the student who has made the most progress on the BA Media and Communications (Music Industries) degree course.
Aston-born Ozzy, who went to school close to the University’s Perry Barr campus, said: “I was honoured to be asked.
“It’s great to support Birmingham and the future of the music industry.”
The university has also named an award after UB40 founding member Brian Travers for the student who gains the best overall mark on the course.
Saxophonist Brian, who was voted Brummie of the Year in January, has also mentored students on the three-year degree programme to prepare them for a career in the music industry.
Brian said: “I’m constantly reminded that the music industry is in a state of decline, but every time I come into contact with the staff and students at Birmingham City University, I leave taking away far more than I bought to the table.
“I’m incredibly proud to be associated with the Birmingham City University and I’m looking forward to not only working with the creatives of tomorrow but learning from them.”
Music Industries degree leader Matt Grimes said he was “thrilled” the two stars had agreed to put their names to the prizes.
He said: “To have two awards linked to big names in the music business will be inspiring and motivating for our students and whoever we give the awards to will be able to demonstrate to employers that they have the potential to excel in this field.”
Former students have gone on to careers in artist management, PR and marketing, and have set up their own labels. The university is also launching a new MA in Music Industries this year.