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Honorary York St John University degrees for inspirational people
Boxer Nicola Adams, who won gold in boxing at London 2012, and Professor Baroness Haleh Afshar are among those being honoured this year by the university at ceremonies in York Minster on November 13, 14 and 15.
Nicola Adams will receive an honorary degree of doctor of health sciences in recognition of her achievements in sport, while Baroness Afshar will receive the honorary degree of doctor of letters in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of equal opportunities.
The baroness teaches politics and women’s studies at the University of York and serves as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.
Also receiving an honorary degree will be London 7/7 bombings survivor and paralympic athlete Martine Wright who will become a doctor of health sciences in recognition of her remarkable contribution to sport in the face of adversity.
Martine lost both legs in the 7/7 terrorist attacks on the London underground, only sitting feet away from the bomber. She has since rebuilt her life and became a member of the British 2012 Paralympic volleyball team.
Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will receive the honorary degree of doctor of laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport of wheelchair basketball and the London Paralympics.
Meanwhile one of the nation’s leading civil liberties campaigners, Shami Chakrabarti, will also be awarded with the honorary degree of doctor of laws, in recognition of her achievements in equality and human rights.
Shami has been director of Liberty, the human rights campaigning group, since September 2003 and was one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his public inquiry.
Camila Batmanghelidjh, charity leader and businesswoman, will also receive the honorary degree of doctor of laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to counselling for young people.
Prof David Fleming, vice chancellor of York St John University, said: “Graduation is an exciting and rewarding time for our students and this year we are delighted to be awarding honorary degrees to some truly inspirational people during the celebrations.
“Sir Philip Craven, Shami Chakrabarti, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Professor Baroness Afshar, Martine Wright and Nicola Adams will receive honorary degrees alongside thousands of students in York Minster.
“These individuals have all made an outstanding impact in their respective fields and I am certain that their stories will inspire our students for many years to come.”
Honorary degrees will be presented by the university’s chancellor, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, or Prof Fleming, in front of an audience of graduands, their families and friends.
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