The award is in recognition of Jo’s work in raising awareness around mental health.
With a successful career spanning over 25 years, Jo has entertained a whole host of audiences and featured on television programmes such as QI, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and most recently presented ‘The Great British Bake Off – An Extra Slice’.
However, comedy wasn’t Jo’s original career choice and prior to this she trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem Hospitals in London. As a psychiatric nurse, Jo was based at the Emergency Clinic of the Maudsley in South London where she led the Nurse Team as Senior Charge Nurse.
Jo continues to raise awareness around mental health issues and is a keen supporter of a range of charities which earned her the Third Sector Award for Celebrity Charity Champion in 2014.
On receiving her award, Jo said: “I’m delighted to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University and I do thank the University for this recognition. Birmingham is one of my favourite places to perform because the audiences are always so friendly and they laugh a lot!”