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Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon awarded honorary degree

CELEBRATED: Baroness Doreen Lawrence

BARONESS LAWRENCE of Clarendon OBE was awarded an honorary degree by the University of West London, in recognition of her services to community relations and her tireless efforts to improve the justice system since the murder of her son Stephen in 1993.

Baroness Lawrence joined more than 800 students at a graduation ceremony in Weston Hall on Friday (Nov 17) at the university’s campus, to be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters for her outstanding contribution to public life. This weekend nearly 1,800 students are set to graduate from UWL.

Baroness Lawrence said: "I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award from the University of West London, which is an integral part of businesses and communities throughout west London. I was delighted to attend the occasion."

Philip Ells, Head of the School of Law and Criminology (SLC), said: "Baroness Lawrence has become the face and voice of racial justice in the United Kingdom since the murder of her son and her strength and spirit is an example and inspiration to everyone in this country. The School of Law and Criminology looks forward to working with Baroness Lawrence in the future."

The graduation ceremony was the highlight of an outstanding year for UWL, which has seen spectacular performances in league tables for the higher education sector.

In the past year the university has leapt 28 places to No. 56 in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Elsewhere, UWL has risen 38 places to No.58 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and climbed 27 places to No. 79 in The Complete University Guide 2018.

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