A lecturer at the University of Worcester has received an honorary doctorate from a Romanian University.

Nicoleta Cinpoeş, professor of Shakespeare Studies and director of the Early Modern Research Group at the university, has been honoured as a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Craiova.

The accolade recognises her contribution to the progress of Craiova's International Shakespeare Festival.

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Professor Cinpoeş, who is the international lead for the school of humanities at the University of Worcester, travelled home to the country to receive the honour.

She said: "The festival in Craiova is in its 30th year now, and it has become the largest of its kind in the world.

"The city’s university has become increasingly involved in it in recent years."

Beginning her work with the university and the festival in Craiova in 2010, Professor Cinpoeş interpreted plays and poetry written by Shakespeare, liberating the works from the bounds of censorship in the country.

Professor Cinpoeş said: "I’ve gathered academics and specialists in Shakespeare studies to contribute to this project, and I have written introductions to plays in a way that students, teachers and theatre producers could read them in modern Romanian.

"A Doctor Honoris Causa title is something you read about in history books, about world-leading academics who have been honoured for their lifetime achievements in shifting science and knowledge boundaries, so it still feels very surreal to have received this title."

She added: "It has been a very humbling and emotional occasion.

"I felt very proud but also quite shy to share the ceremony with my mentors, my international colleagues and friends, and not least with members of my family who travelled there for the occasion."