Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has been made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford.

The 43-year-old, responsible for the innovative guitar lines on hits such as How Soon is Now?, This Charming Man and Panic, will offer a series of workshops and masterclasses to students taking the BA Popular Music and Recording degree.

After The Smiths split in 1987, Marr formed Electronic with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner and has recently joined US indie rockers Modest Mouse, after a planned guest spot on their album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank grew into full membership of the band.

"Salford University is offering some fantastic opportunities to students in music," said the guitarist. "It is an honour to be appointed as a professor and I'm excited at the prospect of being able to make a contribution."

John Sweeney from the university's school of media, music and performance added Marr was "a revered guitarist and composer", held "in the highest esteem by many of his fellow performers".

"At the moment, he is back at the height of his considerable powers," Mr Sweeney continued, "so it is a tremendous opportunity for our students to gain from Johnny's expertise and experience."

"He has so much to give and he is such a willing and enthusiastic guy - those students lucky enough to benefit from Johnny's appointment are in for something really special."

20/10/2007 12:36:48