Dame Diana Rigg yesterday stepped into a role she will play for 10 years - chancellor of Stirling University.
The 60-year-old actress became only the fourth chancellor in the university's 31-year history.
The installation took place at Stirling's 15th Century Church of the Holy Rude, and afterwards an hour-long peal of bells was sounded in honour of the former Emma Peel, her role in The Avengers.
She said: "The university is a mini-cosmos, the most important thing being the people in it - the teachers and the taught. When I give future graduates their degrees I'd wish them to have a proper pride in their achievement, and a sense of their potential. A degree is but a springboard to a wider world."
Dame Diana then performed her first duty - the conferment of honorary degrees on Lady Marion Fraser, chair of the Scottish Association of Mental Health, and Sir Aaron Klug, 1991 winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.