Social justice campaigner awarded by University

Rajinder MannRajinder Mann is the chief executive of the Network for Black Professionals – a UK-wide group which supports black, Asian and minority ethnic people in their professional lives.

And in recognition of her significant contribution to equality and diversity and social justice in the West Midlands, Rajinder has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science

She was given the honorary degree by the University’s School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, at a ceremony held on Friday, September 6.

On receiving the award, Rajinder said: “It is a great privilege to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of my work in equality and diversity at a local and national level.

“More importantly, it is the positive message this sends to the black, Asian, minority and ethnic communities and students in that they are represented and they too can achieve.  

“On a personal note, although my dad is no longer with us, he would have been delighted at this honour and my mum and children are proud of this achievement. For me this is a tribute to their hard work, commitment and support.”

Rajinder, who was conferred an OBE in 2011, has over thirty years experience in further education, adult, youth and community education. 

She was director of community education at Bilston Community College, then principal officer for lifelong learning at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

She is highly experienced in policy development which she gained while working at Birmingham City Council and Wolverhampton City Council, and has served on a number of boards including Women of Wolverhampton.

Rajinder also worked as a Race Equality Officer at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, developing strategies and policies aimed at community cohesion and, prior to taking the top role with the Network for Black Professionals, was the executive director of the Black Leadership Initiative.

She was appointed an OBE in 2011 for her services to black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the community.

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For more information please contact Chris Jones in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736

Date Issued: Monday 9 September 2013

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