Hallam to honour justice campaigner Doreen

University of York awards five honorary degrees - Doreen Lawrence OBE
University of York awards five honorary degrees - Doreen Lawrence OBE

Doreen Lawrence, who campaigned for justice after her son, Stephen, was murdered in a racist attack, is to receive an honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam University.

The 60-year-old, who joined the House of Lords this week as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, was nominated by staff in the university’s law and criminology department. The ceremony is on November 18.

Hallam supports the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, which financially supports black men from low income households through their legal studies.

Sital Dhillon, head of law and criminology, said Baroness Lawrence had tirelessly campaigned for justice for her son. “She shares with Hallam an unfaltering commitment to encourage more young black students to pursue careers with leading law firms in London.”