Simon Woolley awarded Honorary Doctorate


At an award ceremony at London's Festival Hall, Operation Black Vote Director Simon Woolley was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Westminster for his work combating racism and promoting equality and human rights.

Presenting the award Senior Fellow Sally Feldman said:

Simon started life modestly, but soon saw himself as a disciple of the civil rights icon, Dr Martin Luther King. For his unstinting advocacy of equality, diversity, the empowerment of young people and his determination to combat racism and promote a truly multicultural world, I am delighted to present to you the award of Honorary Doctor.'

Receiving the award Woolley said:

I'm truly humbled by this award. I can only accept this honour by acknowledging and paying tribute to those unsung heroes and heroines at Operation Black Vote, staff at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and other activists fighting for social and racial justice. It is together we make the greatest difference.'

The ceremony occurred on the 19th Nov 2012.

Staff Reporter

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Well done Dr. Woolley

All I can say is well deserved - good to see the University of Westminster acknowledging the brilliant work you do (even if the new head, or whoever is responsible for new crop of commissioners doesn't!).

This is fantastic

Simon, this is fantastic. Keep up all the good work.

Hello Dr. Wooley On behalf of

Hello Dr. Wooley

On behalf of BEN TV and the Lifestyle on BEN team we congratulate Simon. He has worked stedfastly for the acceptance of black people in society. This award approves his work and hopes that he will continue the good work.

He is a jolly good fellow! Congratulations Dr Woolley

Congratulations Dr Woolley. You thoroughly deserve this award.

Dr. Wooley - fantastic news

So glad to hear Dr. Wooley has recieved this recognition. Tremendous.


Really happy for you Dr. Woolley. You are truly inspiring a younger generation. All the best.


May I say on behalf of Chinese Liberal Democrats how delighted I was to hear the news! Thanks for leading the fight for equality and continuing to carry torch to show others the way.

Well worth the wait - well deserved

Hi Dr. Wooley

Your immense efforts and contributions from your support team have finally been recognised with this Honary Doctorate. No doubt you will exceed expectations with future projects!
Former Shadow Cllr, OBV


Hello Simon
Many congratulations on your Honorary Doctorate by University of Westminster. I am a Law Alumnus of the University, a Scholarship Patron and was privileged to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in the same cohort as Billy Ocean. Your place as one of the Honorary Graduates of the University will bring added value to the work and standing of the establishment.


Hi Dr Wolley
Congratulations on your Honorary Doctorate. It could'nt happen to a more deserving person.
Keep up the good work and thanks for your support in the past.


Well deserved and hearty congratulations Simon.

Now Doctor, I been suffering from these terrible cuts......

Honarary Doctorate

Congratulations and well deserved. You have been an outstanding voice on behalf of the black community


It's fantastic that Simon Woolley's steadfast commitment to the BME community, his tireless campaigning against social inequalities as well as raising political awareness amongst our young people has been recognized - sincere congratulations to him and his team at OBV.

Honanary Doctorate

Heartiest congratulations to you! An excellent recognition for your tireless campaign.