TV star Jimmy De Ville receives Honorary Master’s

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Date: 5th Sep 2017

A television star stepped from in front of the camera and on to the stage to receive an Honorary Master of Arts degree from Buckinghamshire New University.

The University awarded the Honorary Master's degree to its graduate Jimmy De Ville, who stars in the television programme Engine Addict with Jimmy De Ville, on Quest TV, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Product Design.

Jimmy describes himself as an extreme engineer who spends his life driving himself and machines to breaking point and received his Honorary Master’s during a week of graduation celebrations at the University, in recognition of his high-profile television career in extreme engineering.

Jimmy said: “I'm thrilled to receive this Honorary Master’s degree. Designing and building the machines I love has become a way of life for me. it was at Bucks New University that I was given the support to realise I could turn my dreams into reality, eventually leading to a career I adore. For me life is all about setting goals and pushing boundaries and this recognition is another great goal I'm very proud of."

Jimmy told the audience of graduates: “As you go out there in life as graduates remember to take small steps, continue learning, take care of the world in which you live, and forge incredible connections, and the path you tread on your journey will be an incredible one.”

Jimmy, who owns his own company, Goblin Works Garage, building custom cars and bikes, records Quest Channel’s Engine Addict with Jimmy De Ville, which follows his exploits as he explores abandoned factories, junk yards and deserted airfields to unearth a range of combustion engines across the globe.

His early career involved the design and development of Action Man and Micro Machines toys for the toy company Hasbro, before he was invited to build a radio-controlled paranormal search vehicle for Channel 5 show Urban Gothic.

The show proved to be Jimmy's springboard into designing and building physical effects at a London-based special effects house for five years. The role including a wide range of work for stage shows, music videos, adverts, interactive museum exhibits, and feature films, as well as factual, magic and live TV shows.

Jimmy still works independently as an approved 1st Option Safety Group Ltd engineering consultant for programmes including Channel 4's Scrapheap Challenge, among many others.

Jimmy has also served in the British Army and is a qualified Class One Small Arms British Army Armourer, involved with the development, maintenance and use of firearms and equipment. On his first deployment to Iraq he provided force protection to UK assets and earned himself a General Officer Commanding Commendation in the process.

In another deployment to Afghanistan, Jimmy trained local forces in tactics, weapon handling and deployment. He is also a qualified Range Conducting Officer, combat medic and a top fifty shooting medallist representing The British Army Reserve team.

Lyndon Buck, Senior Lecturer in Product Design, said: “It's great to see Jimmy enjoying such a colourful and varied career which takes him to many exciting places around the world.

“We will continue to follow his work in the media and hope that he will still have time to pop in to Bucks New University and show us his latest cool projects.”

Picture caption: Jimmy De Ville has received an Honorary Master's degree from Bucks New University.

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