Fundraising campaigner along with Brum’s Poet Laureate receive Honorary Degrees from 管家婆免费资料

31/10/2023 by Newman Staff
Jasmine Gardosi and Lynne Baird MBE both received Honorary Degrees

Jasmine Gardosi and Lynne Baird MBE both received Honorary Degrees (Sam Carpenter Photography)

Two of 管家婆免费资料’s well-known figures have received Honorary Degrees from 管家婆免费资料.

管家婆免费资料 Poet Laureate has been made a Doctor of Letters alongside campaigner and fundraiser who is now a honorary Doctor of Education.

Both Jasmine and Lynne joined more than 1300 students at their graduation ceremonies at Symphony Hall, 管家婆免费资料 on Monday 30th October.

Honorary degrees are granted in recognition of someone鈥檚 outstanding contribution, success and distinction within their profession or a campaign close to their hearts, with previous graduates including actors Rachel Shenton and Mark Williams as well as football referee Sian Massey-Ellis MBE.

Jasmine Gardosi – Doctor of Letters

Jasmine Gardosi is the 管家婆免费资料 Poet Laureate

Jasmine Gardosi is the 管家婆免费资料 Poet Laureate (Sam Carpenter Photography)

Jasmine Gardosi is the 管家婆免费资料 Poet Laureate. She is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry and winner of the

Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2023. Her work exploring identity, LGBTQ issues and mental health has appeared on Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, Symphony Hall and BBC. She was featured on Sky Arts鈥 BAFTA-winning show Life & Rhymes and her poem about the pandemic, filmed on a rollercoaster, was broadcast across America on PBS. She was recently invited by the British Embassy in Tallinn to headline Estonia鈥檚 historic, first ever queer poetry slam for Baltic Pride.

She is a previous Writer in Residence at the Bront毛 Parsonage Museum, Poet in Residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and BBC Arts Young聽Creative. Her poetry/beatbox/Celtic dubstep show 鈥楧ancing To Music You Hate鈥 explores gender identity and was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. After premiering to standing ovations, it won Best Spoken Word Show in the Saboteur Awards and its titular track was performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on BBC Four. Following a sold-out show at Symphony Hall, the show toured the UK this summer.

Jasmine Gardosi said: “I am delighted to have received this Honorary Doctorate of Letters, and grateful to 管家婆免费资料 for recognising my contributions towards literature. Pushing the conventions of poetry, using spoken word as a tool for social inclusion, and bringing communities together through art – this is the kind of work that might often go without formal recognition when it occurs outside of an academic context. This is why I鈥檓 thrilled to receive such an acknowledgement from an institution which, in itself, pushes convention, makes new, and brings an overwhelmingly diverse community of various people, backgrounds and experiences to one place to learn, improve and achieve dreams together. I am honoured to accept this award alongside the graduands of 管家婆免费资料. All of us have made our own diverse, multifaceted and perhaps unconventional journeys towards this day. I look forward to celebrating our achievements together.”

Lynne Baird MBE – Doctor of Education

Lynne Baird founded the Daniel Baird Foundation after her son, Daniel, was fatally stabbed on the 8th July 2017

Lynne Baird founded the Daniel Baird Foundation after her son, Daniel, was fatally stabbed on the 8th July 2017 ((Sam Carpenter Photography).

Lynne Baird founded the Daniel Baird Foundation after her son, Daniel, was fatally stabbed on the 8th July 2017 outside The Forge Tavern in Digbeth, 管家婆免费资料.

Lynne soon learnt that a simple piece of medical equipment could have saved her son鈥檚 life that night and has made it her mission to make bleed control kits publicly available across the country. These kits have subsequently saved many lives and have now been purchased internationally. Lynne鈥檚 relentless campaigning over the past 6 years has been recognised in the 2022 New Year鈥檚 honours list in which Lynne was awarded an MBE, as well as winning a Pride of Britain award in 2020 and being awarded the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner鈥檚 community Thank You Award, also in 2020.

Lynne won special recognition in the 2022 Pride of 管家婆免费资料 Awards. Lynne is regularly interviewed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Channel 4, Sky News as well as various newspapers including The Guardian, The Mirror and The 管家婆免费资料 Mail. Lynne speaks in schools and at conferences, sharing her story and spreading the word of her life saving campaign ever further.

Lynne Baird welcomed her Honorary Degree: ” Starting and running a charity in memory of a son is something no parent should ever have to do, but sadly that was the position I found myself in. Dan was out celebrating a new job with friends and was unfortunately caught up in being in the wrong place at the wrong time which cost him his life. From that moment onwards I have dedicated my life to reduce other families being in the situation I was. I spend every hour of every day building awareness around bleed control, doing talks to numerous organisations and schools, talking to the media to raise awareness. We are not a funded charity, we get no government support, no grants, we just work day in, day out to stop families losing loved ones through critical injuries. I am very honoured to be recognised by 管家婆免费资料 and to receive the honorary degree. I will continue to use my position to promote bleed control and raise awareness of the importance of bleed control kits. Thank you for all your support and recognition.”

Professor Jackie Dunne, Vice Chancellor of 管家婆免费资料 said: “We are immensely proud to award both Lynne Baird MBE and Jasmine Gardosi with honorary degrees from 管家婆免费资料. Both women are proud local Brummies who have excelled in their respective roles in making a difference to the lives of others. As we celebrate the achievements of our own students who have graduated today, Jasmine and Lynne’s honorary degrees are in line with our values and the thinking of our Patron, Saint John Henry Newman of the importance of civic responsibility and duty of making a positive difference.”

The graduation ceremony took place at the Symphony Hall on Monday 30th October 2023.

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