Miranda Brawn will be awarded her Doctor of Letters at the esteemed University of Brighton on Friday, 28th July 2017. She will also deliver the Commencement Speech during the graduation ceremony to the Class of 2017. This is the highest academic award which is often referred to as the OBE and/or DBE in the education and academic world. She is being recognised for her contribution to business, finance, law, diversity and philanthropy not only in the UK but across the globe. With her impressive list of credentials, dedication, hard work and commitment to diversity and equality has earned her respect and admiration throughout the country and on a global basis.
Miranda Brawn is a multi-award winning businesswoman, banker, barrister, diversity leader and founder and CEO of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which campaigns for an equal and diverse workforce helping to promote all forms of diversity including race, gender, LGBT and disability etc. She said: “True diversity and equality is one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century workforce. We must continue to try to find ways that the next generation can go on to succeed fulfilling their true potential.” Born and raised in London, close to former England captain David Beckham, Brawn has had a successful career across finance, business and law. Brawn was the brains behind the inspiring UK history making diversity leadership lecture aimed at young BAME future leaders which has won a ‘Points of Light’ Award from Prime Minister Theresa May and personal praise from HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
Brawn has been described as “a global force for diversity and equality”, praised for her philanthropic spirit and her commitment to diversity and equality across all sectors including finance and law. She has used her influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of diverse opportunities and the virtues of serving others. It is not an overstatement to describe Miranda, and her organisation that she has founded and led so successfully, as a beacon of hope for the next generation. In her diversity efforts, she is a passionate crusader for people’s rights to diversity and equality, plus a global force for good.
The University of Brighton said: “When the University of Brighton considers awarding Honorary Degrees, it seeks individuals who have not only pushed at the boundaries of their field for the benefit of society more widely, but who also reflect the values that are important to us at Brighton: creativity, sustainability, partnership and inclusivity. Through her work and as a role model Miranda Brawn epitomises all of these and we are delighted that she has agreed to accept the award.”
Miranda Brawn said: “I am truly humbled and honoured to be awarded my Doctor of Letters by the University of Brighton. This is a defining milestone in my life and I am delighted to receive my honorary doctorate for my positive contribution to society over the years. My values and work match those of the university’s commitments where diversity and inclusion are one of their core values. We are both helping to champion and nurture inclusivity, diversity and equality to the highest levels across all sectors to deliver change. Thank you very much to the University of Brighton and to everyone who have supported my work over the years.”
Brawn joins an esteemed line up of previous honorary doctorate awardees, including Judge Michael Kennedy QC, creator of the Idol franchise and the Spice Girls Simon Fuller and Sarah Brown (global health and education campaigner and wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown).