A NORTH-EAST scientist has been rewarded for his services to the discipline.

Scientist and star of Sky One's Brainiac Dr John Kilcoyne has received an award from a North-East university for his outstanding services to his profession.

Dr Kilcoyne is renowned for his unusual approach to science, which has captured the imagination of thousands of children across the UK with his highly entertaining roadshow.

His approach to science is simple - show how it impacts on our everyday lives.

His unusual methods of knocking nails into wood using frozen bananas and creating explosions has drawn youngsters into a subject that was previously looked upon as dull.

This simple philosophy led to him being the first lecturer from a modern university asked to speak at The Faraday Institute, where he was asked to return.

He was also made Champion Educator of The North in 2003.

The unlikely star became a popular figure among television viewers when he got a regular slot on Sky TV's science show Brainiac.

His efforts were recognised by the University of Sunderland when he was presented with the Chancellor's Award for his outstanding contribution to science and to the University of Sunderland School of Health, Natural and Social Sciences.