Sheffield pair thrilled to meet Baroness

Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE Campaigner, receiving her Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.  Photo: Richard Hanson
Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE Campaigner, receiving her Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University. Photo: Richard Hanson
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Two Sheffield students met one of their heroes as they shared the platform at a university graduation.

Psychology and criminology students Leah Dennall and Roseanne Dalgleish met Baroness Doreen Lawrence before a Sheffield Hallam University graduation ceremony.

Baroness Lawrence, who has campaigned for justice following the murder of her son Stephen 20 years ago in a racially-motivated attack, received an honorary doctorate in law.

Leah, aged 28, from Sheffield, who won the Dean’s Prize for her voluntary work, said meeting Baroness Lawrence was ‘amazing’.

The mum-of-two said: “I’ve studied race and criminology and done lots of voluntary work – people like Baroness Lawrence are truly inspiring.”

Roseanne, 30, from Manchester, received the Hallam centre for community justice prize, awarded to the most outstanding criminology undergraduate dissertation, and the Doncaster prison experience achievement award for the student with the highest mark in the university’s prison experience module.

Also receiving an honorary degree this week was Dr Chai Patel, chairman of HC-One, one of Britain’s biggest care home providers.

The 59-year-old, recognised for his career spanning 30 years in the health and social care industry, said: It is a great pleasure and a privilege to receive this honour from such a dynamic and innovative university.

“Health and wellbeing is one of the most important aspects of our society and the graduates about to embark on a career in the industry will be making an invaluable contribution to society. To me, this is one of the most exciting areas to work in.”