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Issued:20/10/17

A Paralympic gold medallist, a Holocaust survivor and campaigner, and an award-winning young barrister will have their outstanding achievements recognised with an honorary doctorate awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.

More than 10,000 students will be graduating this year at ceremonies taking place between the 13 and 24 of November at Sheffield City Hall. Joining them on stage are six individuals who will collect an honorary doctorate, chosen for their remarkable contribution to their field.

Dorothy Fleming is an active campaigner for Holocaust education. Born in Vienna in 1928, Dorothy grew up surrounded by the anti-Semitism of Nazi Europe.  She is one of the last remaining survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought her to England as a child refugee in 1939. For the last 30 years she has been at the forefront of Holocaust education.She has given 400 talks in the Sheffield region alone, in addition to numerous broadcasts, sharing her experiences in schools and other organisations about the war, racial prejudice and the impact on families.

Grace Clough MBE is a Paralympic Games gold medallist and double world champion rower. She took up rowing in 2013 after being scouted at a Paralympic talent day. By 2014 Grace had moved to London to train as a full-time athlete and her athletics career took off. She went on to win gold in both the 2014 and 2015 World Championships in the mixed cox four team before making her Paralympic debut in Rio 2016, again taking home gold. She was appointed an MBE in the 2016 Queen's New Year's Honours list for her services to the sport.

Tunde Okewale MBE is an award-winning barrister, given an MBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the community and disadvantaged young people. Tunde, who practices at the Doughty Street Chambers, is also listed in The Sunday Times 2017 'Alternative Rich List' identified for having enriched the lives of others. He continues to excel in his field, having won numerous awards and accolades, based on his exemplary work and sustained social involvement. All of Tunde's work encompasses an element of human rights and commitment to issues of social justice and civil liberties. He is heavily involved in community work including his most recent project 'Urban Lawyers', which makes law education more accessible to marginalised groups in society.  In 2016, Tunde opened a Sheffield branch of the project in partnership with Sheffield Hallam's Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. 

Kate Allatt is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer and advocate raising awareness of locked-in syndrome. She is one of Sheffield Hallam's alumni; graduating with a business studies degree in 1993. She went on to run her own digital marketing agency until at the age of 40, she suffered a major stroke and became a victim of locked-in syndrome.

Dorothy Fleming
Grace Clough
Tunde Okewale
Kate Allatt
Carl Cavers
David Richards

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Against the odds she went on to make a remarkable recovery and now devotes her life to helping those with similar conditions, as a health coach and motivational speaker. She is an active champion for research into locked-in syndrome and is an inspirational figure in raising awareness of the syndrome on an international level. Kate also runs a charity, Fighting Strokes, which raises funds for stroke victims. 

Carl Cavers is the CEO of Sumo-Digital Limited, a world-class, award-winning game development studio based in Sheffield and the largest of its kind in the region.  Working at the cutting-edge of new technology to develop world-leading gaming media products, Sumo-Digital Limited is an industry leading business. Carl also collaborates with Sheffield Hallam to inspire the next generation of games developers. 

David Richards is an entrepreneur and co-founder of WANdisco- a multimillion dollar company which provides an innovative software solution to organisations facing today's data challenges. Sheffield-born David co-founded WANdisco after a move to Silicon Valley in the US in 2005. Since then he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. He also sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. He is recognised as a champion of British technology and a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship.

For press information: Deanna Coult in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email d.coult@shu.ac.uk