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Former RCM leader given honorary award

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One of the country’s leading midwives has been recognised for her contribution to the profession.

Dame Karlene Davis was awarded an honorary fellowship this month by London South Bank University.

Distinguished architect David Adjaye, renowned artist Maggi Hambling, and influential human rights campaigner and journalist Peter Tatchell were also given honorary awards at the ceremony on 16 November at Southwark Cathedral.

University vice chancellor Professor Martin Earwicker said: “We are delighted to present this year’s honorary awards to an exceptional group of individuals whose service to the fields of architecture, art, human rights and midwifery in London and far beyond, has enhanced the work, role and aims of our university.”

Commenting on her honorary fellowship, Dame Karlene said: “I am deeply honoured that LSBU has given me this exceptional honour. My work has been driven by personal ideals, passion and commitment.”

Dame Karlene has links with the university, having previously studied there for an “in service” degree in nursing education.

She was appointed general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives in 1997, when she became Britain’s first black female trade union leader.

In 2001 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her services to midwifery and the NHS.

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