Michael Norton OBE

School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Michael Norton was a scientist, merchant banker and publisher before becoming a social activist. He has spent more than 40 years supporting voluntary organisations, developing creative ideas for a better world and turning them into successful projects.

In 1966, he created the first language teaching programme and supplementary school in the UK for non-English speaking immigrant children and their families, run by volunteers. In 1975, he set up the Directory of Social Change, which became the UK’s leading provider of information and training to the non-profit sector.

In 1995, he set up the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action where he has initiated innovative projects worldwide, including a banking system for street children in South Asia.