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UK's 1st black Cabinet Minister awarded honorary doctorate

AWARDED: Paul Boateng

THE UNIVERISTY of West London (UWL) has awarded Paul Boateng, the first black Cabinet Minister in UK history, an Honorary Doctorate of Law, recognising his outstanding achievements in public life.

Mr Boateng collected the Honorary LLD during UWL’s summer graduation ceremonies, held at Wembley Stadium, last week.

In response to his latest achievement, he said: “It’s an honour for me because I’m a west London person and this is where I’ve worked most of my professional life. So it’s very significant that UWL has chosen to honour me in this way. I’m delighted.”

The former South African High Commissioner was bestowed the prestigious award in honour of the excellent example, which he set during his long career in British politics, as a beacon for BAME participation in the political life of the nation.

This saw him achieve a number of accolades while reaching several ministerial roles, at the Treasury; as Financial Secretary and then as Chief Secretary, the Home Office; as Minister of State for Home Affairs and at the Department of Health.

Boateng praised UWL, which has one of the most diverse student populations of any UK university and is committed to widening participation in higher education.

He commented: “For me, education is absolutely central to a life well lived and I want to see it made accessible to all.

We have a long way to go, but the important thing about UWL is that access and opportunity are its key principles. That’s why I’m glad to receive this honorary award.”

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