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Community cohesion leader scoops University accolade


Equality and diversity leader, Sehdev Bismal, has been awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Wolverhampton.

After gaining his postgraduate degree from Punjab University, Sehdev Bismal taught undergraduates in India for four years before moving to the UK. Teaching from 1974 and working for Wolverhampton Authority for 33 years, Sehdev has also worked as an OFSTED inspector with specialism in equal opportunities.

Responsible for establishing and expanding the nationally acclaimed Community Languages Project, he was head of the Equality and Diversity Service for 19 years where he introduced several initiatives in city schools, and has promoted equality and diversity priorities through numerous publications.

He said: “I am thrilled and feel not only very proud but also really humbled to have this wonderful honour given to me with this award for the work that I have been doing for equality and diversity over the years. University of Wolverhampton is a beacon of good practice in this area and this wonderful recognition, therefore, has a special place in my heart.” 

Sehdev has been an active member of Interfaith Wolverhampton where he spent more than 12 years as its president and chair. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work in community cohesion. His passion for supporting disempowered communities led him to join the Fair Trade movement, for more than 10 years he has been vice chair/chair of the Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership, which has won several national awards

The University of Wolverhampton awards honorary degrees to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

Graduation takes place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Friday 15 September to Friday, 22 September 2017.

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