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Geri Halliwell Sheffield: Spice Girls singer to receive honorary award from Sheffield Hallam University UK News

Ms Halliwell-Horner, also known as Ginger Spice, will receive her award alongside graduating students during the university’s graduation fortnight in November.

The 49-year-old singer said: “It is a great privilege to receive this honorary award from Sheffield Hallam University. I sincerely believe that education is a superpower, supporting young people with confidence, perspective and experience necessary to pursue their life goals and dreams.

“I am delighted to receive the award and really look forward to returning to Sheffield Hallam for the graduation ceremony later this year.”

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Geri Halliwell-Horner and Sir Chris Husbands. The Spice Girl has been applauded for her work advocating for youth and women’s rights.

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The announcement comes after Ms Halliwell-Horner visited Sheffield Hallam University and met Vice-Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands and media arts and communication students.

Sir Chris said: “Geri Halliwell-Horner’s contribution to raising the aspirations of children and young people and her commitment to promoting women’s rights aligns closely with the University’s mission to transform lives.

“I am delighted that she has accepted our offer to award her an honorary doctorate in recognition of her philanthropic work, and I look forward to welcoming her to our community.”

Ms Halliwell-Horner visited Sheffield Hallam University earlier this year.

During her visit to the university, Ms Halliwell-Horner learned about the Children’s University of South Yorkshire initiative, which provides after-school activities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the region.

Sheffield Hallam University has educated more students from underrepresented backgrounds than any other UK university for six consecutive years and runs South Yorkshire Futures, the country’s largest university social mobility scheme.

Geri rose to fame in the 1990s as a member of the Spice Girls, selling over 100 million records worldwide to become the best-selling girl group of all time. She continued to use her considerable media platform and philanthropic work to champion children’s literacy and access to education and inspire women of all backgrounds to do their best.

She is also Vice Patron of Breast Cancer Care; first Ambassador of the Royal Commonwealth Society, with a particular focus on education and children’s literacy; longtime ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and Childline, and was a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Women for 10 years.

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