A SCOTTISH university has stripped Oscar Pistorius of his honorary degree, four months after the six-time Paralympic champion was jailed for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Strathclyde University chiefs had been criticised for not immediately removing the disgraced athlete's doctorate after he was found guilty of shooting Ms Steenkamp.

Ms Steenkamp, 29, a South African model and law graduate, died after being shot by Pistorius at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day in 2013.

The 28-year-old was jailed for five years last October after being found guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Pistorius had acted "negligently" when he fired shots through a toilet door, but in the "belief that there was an intruder".

Pistorius, who was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect, had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.

The South African sprinter, dubbed the "Blade Runner", made history at London 2012 by becoming the first double leg amputee to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pistorius was given an honorary degree later that year as recognition for his outstanding sporting success and he travelled to Glasgow to receive the award at a special ceremony at the university's Barony Hall.

Susan Jack of domestic abuse charity Glasgow Women's Aid said: "I'm delighted the university has finally acted. He is not an appropriate role model."

A spokesman for Strathclyde University said: "We have revoked the honorary degree awarded to Oscar Pistorius following his conviction for culpable homicide."