BRITAIN'S biggest arts university is set to strip Rebekah Brooks of an honorary award following protests from academics and students appalled by the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
Mrs Brooks Brooks received an honorary fellowship from the University of the Arts London last year for her "considerable contribution" to journalism.
But clamour has grown for the disgraced News International chief to be stripped of the award in light of the sickening News of the World revelations.
Mrs Brooks was at the helm of the newspaper at the height of the hacking and she has admitted crooked payments were made to police officers.
Mrs Brooks, who also edited the Sun – the newspaper tipped to re-brand as the Sun on Sunday to fill the gap in Rupert Murdoch's portfolio left by the closure of the News of the World – is a graduate of the University of Arts London.
A letter, signed by academics and the head of the university's student union, has been sent to the university's registrar, Steve Marshall, insisting that her fellowship is revoked.
They include Gary Horne, a governor of the university and director of the journalism masters course at the London College of Communication, which Brooks is a graduate from.
The letter describes giving Brooks the fellowship as "offensive and indefensible". Horne said staff, and the general public, felt the actions of some News of the World journalists had been "reprehensible" and "repugnant".
Meanwhile Rupert Murdoch was due to arrive in London today from his California home to personally oversee the last ever edition of the News of the World.