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Graduate awarded OBE for community service

Portrait picture of Asrar OBE Recipient

A University of Wolverhampton graduate was recognised recently in the first King’s Honours after being awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE). 

Asrar Ul-Haq, Deputy Lieutenant to Greater Manchester, who studied for a degree in Applied Science and graduated in 1984, was named recently as one of the recipients of the prestigious award.  

Asrar, who lives in Rochdale, has received the honour for services to the community in Greater Manchester. 

Asrar was made a Deputy Lieutenant to Greater Manchester last year, a role which was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen for individual community endeavours over many years working to enhance the fabric of Greater Manchester, recognising their contribution to local, county, or national life. 

Having served as a police officer for 30 years, Asrar received numerous awards and commendations from High Court Judges, Magistrates and Chief Constables for his work. He received a national award for Innovation in Policing from the Home Secretary and later was the recipient of a national award for Inspirational Leadership. 

He served in a range of departments including the CID and was the Inspector responsible for policing the City Centre of Manchester - regarded one of the busiest/challenging locations - and later served as a Detective Chief Inspector in the Prevention of Terrorism Unit, London. 

Now retired, Asrar remains a consultant and a subject matter expert for the National Crime Agency and is a member of the Greater Manchester Advisory Committee to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice. He was a member of the University of Manchester General Assembly and a non-executive director of a mutual housing organisation. 

He facilitated the Natural Born Leaders programme delivered at local sixth form colleges to help people from underrepresented groups develop leadership skills and sat on a steering committee for Cancer Research UK. 

Since retirement, he has also voluntarily worked in refugee camps in Greece following the crisis in the middle east where he supported many displaced people, including setting up outdoor cinemas for children in the evenings using old PowerPoint projectors. 

Locally in Rochdale, Asrar, together with his family, run the Amaani Initiative: a project aimed at enhancing the local environment and making people more climate aware, with the aim of tackling climate change. He was recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society for his contributions and North West in Bloom for his work in the local community and Masjids in Bloom. 

He said: "I was humbled to have been included in the very first of HM King Charles' honours list and awarded an OBE. I have been fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful parents and a great family and friends which has given me the opportunity to help others. I hope the OBE will now act as a springboard for me to do even more." 

Asrar stays in close contact with fellow classmates and attended the Alumni Association's Homecoming reunion in 2018. 

The New Year’s Honours List consists of local residents recognised by King for their outstanding achievements across a range of services. 

The honours list, published twice a year, consists of knights and dames, appointments to the Order of the British Empire and gallantry awards to servicemen and women, and civilians. 

The ranks of appointment to the Order are Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). 

Graduates are encouraged to keep in touch with the Alumni team and take advantage of a range of benefits and support on offer to them including a discount for Postgraduate study and opportunities to benefit from volunteering and career advice.     

Find out more about the School of Science courses on the website or visit one of our Open Days for more information about studying at the University. 



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