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DMU alumna awarded honorary doctorate

De Montfort University (DMU) alumna, Sunita Mason CBE, has made a return to the university to receive an honorary doctorate. 

Sunita, who graduated from DMU (then Leicester Polytechnic) in 1991, wsa awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws as part of DMU's summer graduation celebrations.

Sunita was among the youngest Asian women ever appointed to the British judiciary when she became a deputy judge at the age of 35. She is the legal director of children’s charity the National Youth Advocacy Service, a District Judge who advises the Home Office and led a national review into the way in which criminal records are checked. 



She is now part of a major independent inquiry into child sex abuse, assessing whether organisations have taken seriously their responsibility for child welfare.

Sunita Mason Award

After the ceremony, Sunita said: “I feel humbled, privileged and so excited to be part of this day with everybody here. It was incredible; really special.  There was more pomp and ceremony here than when I was at the Palace for my CBE. It was great.

“I had a brilliant time here as a student. I still feel really lucky. The tutors here were very supportive. There’s been this incredible change on campus since I graduated.  

“What they’re doing here is exciting, fresh and vibrant. It almost makes me what to come back and do it all over again.”

Posted on Wednesday 2nd August 2017

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