She received the doctorate on 9 November from the University of Worcester.
Jessica was nominated by the students of the university to receive the doctorate and was among a list that included British comedian Jo Brand and Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick.
She has received a doctorate in Philosophy for her work in raising awareness of the issues those with disabilities – specifically chronic illness and deafness – and advocating for their equality.
The fabulous @JessicaOOTC delivered an inspiring speech to our @worcester_uni graduates today. She is a great campaigner for those with disabilities. Have a look at her @YouTube site: https://t.co/uXJ4p63zeq pic.twitter.com/MDo8d8lM3T
— Ross Renton 🎓 (@Ross_Renton) November 9, 2018
“It means so much that this honour has been chosen for me by students who feel my work has inspired them,” she told The Argus.
“I’d never felt represented in the general media so wanted to make videos about topics that were important to me but would also hopefully educate people who hadn’t thought about these issues before.”
Last week I was in A&E, this week I got a PhD! Oh that #ChronicIllnessLife! 🤷♀️😏
— 🍂Jessica Kellgren-Fozard🍂 (@JessicaOOTC) November 11, 2018
Interested in more YouTubers who tackle social issues? Check out the YouTubers who are part of Creators for Change or what Riyadh Khalaf has to say about the Creators for Change documentary. Alternatively, take a look at Tom Fletcher’s new book, The Creakers!