Honorary Graduates - July 2017
Baroness Haleh Afshar, Doctor of Letters
Baroness Haleh Afshar has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of equal opportunities and was awarded an OBE in 2005. Haleh works to improve equal opportunities on a national and international level.
Since 1998 she has worked with the United Nations Association’s International Services, where she served as chair and is currently Honorary President. Haleh is a founding member and Honorary President of the Muslim Women’s Network UK. Haleh devotes much of her time as a Patron to organisations such as Refugee Action York and has served on working groups such as the Home Office’s Preventing Extremism Together.
"I am absolutely delighted to become an Honorary Graduate! It was very unexpected, but it’s a great honour especially as I used to teach in Bradford. My son also studied at the University of Bradford so I have very long ties here."
Saphieh Ashtiany, Doctor of Laws
Saphieh Ashtiany is widely recognised as an expert in equality and employment law. After qualifying as a solicitor in 1986, Saphieh set up a specialist employment department within her firm and then became a partner three years later. Saphieh is also a Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary University of London where she is researching aspects of equality law.
As a passionate believer in contributing to civil society, Saphieh has given her expertise to a wide range of board and public appointments such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Welsh National Opera, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Equal Rights Trust, and the Charities Aid Foundation.
"I’ve been so impressed by the work of the University, by the reach of the University, and by the endeavors of all these young people. I’m really happy to be associated with this University going forward."
Sir David Behan CBE, Doctor of Health
Born in Blackburn, Sir David Behan CBE is the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1978.
Sir David is a qualified social worker, and from 1996 to 2003 was Director of Social Services at London Borough of Greenwich. He received a CBE in 2003, and in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list he was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care. He was previously the Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
"I am very proud and slightly humbled, but very delighted. This is the University that I graduated from in 1978, and 39 years later to be back to receive an honorary degree is a real privilege. So I am over the moon as they say!"
Professor Alok Dhawan, Doctor of Science
Professor Alok Dhawan is currently the Director of the CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in Lucknow.
Prior to this role, he served as Founding Director of the Institute of Life Sciences at Ahmedabad University. He set up state-of-the-art nanomaterial toxicology facilities at both institutions. Professor Dhawan initiated the study of nanomaterial toxicology in India, and his work has been widely cited.
He was a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University in the USA, and has won many national and international honours such as the Vigyan Ratna by the Council of Science and Technology in 2011.
"I have been coming to this University for almost 17 years now - in a way it is formalising the association that I’ve had, which is more than half of my research career spent at the University of Bradford. I feel very privileged and honoured, and at the same time very humbled at receiving this honour."
Paul Jagger, Doctor of the University
Paul Jagger is a well-known economic, skills and social policy expert in Yorkshire and the Humber, with 40 years of experience of regional and local working through formal and informal institutions.
When Paul was appointed Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1987, the organisation had two staff and a budget of £250,000 per year. At the end of his tenure the TUC had a budget of £2.5 million and a staff of 21 people.
With his extensive skillset, Paul has taken on a wide range of roles from Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bradford to President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
"It's just an extraordinary honour to receive this degree, I've worked in the University for twelve years in a non-exec capacity and it was a pleasure to work here. To have this degree is like the icing on the cake at the end. It's my memory of my time here."
Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Doctor of Health
Dame Pamela Shaw is Professor of Neurology and Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. She is Founding Director of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, which is one of the world’s leading centres for motor neuron disease research.
A Wellcome Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science underpinned her programme of work investigating molecular mechanisms of motor neuron injury and new therapeutic approaches in motor neuron disease. Pamela has received numerous postgraduate awards such as the Association of British Neurologists Sir Charles Symonds Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Neuroscience.
"I have been lucky enough to receive awards in the past but this is the first honorary degree that I have been invited to have. So I am delighted and I think it’s a very good thing for fostering collaborative relationships between universities in the north of England; I will use this opportunity to develop collaborative projects between Sheffield and Bradford."
Professor Jacqueline Taylor, Doctor of Science
Professor Jacqueline Taylor is an international web scientist in the domains of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), and has been recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs.
She co-founded FlyingBinary, a web science company that changes the world with data, one of the original 250 TechCity companies. Jacqui was appointed for a third year as an Independent Ministerial Adviser to the Cabinet Office. Recognised as one of the 34 IoT influencers on Twitter and one of the global entrepreneurs to watch in 2017, Jacqui has contributed to numerous books and publications in her field and is a Visiting Professor at London South Bank University.
"Bradford sets a fantastic example as a technical school. It would be great to be an Honorary Graduate anywhere, but being a graduate of a technology university like Bradford means an awful lot to me as an Internet of Things entrepreneur."