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Graduation 2016: Honorary Degree for Dame Lorna Muirhead

Dame Lorna Tuesday 19 July 2016

Merseyside’s first female Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE is to receive an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University today.

Dame Lorna will be awarded the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) at the university’s graduation ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The University honour for Dame Lorna is in recognition of her outstanding service to Merseyside during her time as Lord Lieutenant, and her 40 year commitment to the health and welfare of mothers and babies on Merseyside.

Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside in 2006.  Born in Shropshire, she trained as a nurse and then as a midwife in Birmingham before coming to Liverpool in 1965 with her husband, who was engaged in Postgraduate studies at the University of Liverpool. For most of her working life Dame Lorna was a clinical midwife, first at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Oxford Street and latterly at the Liverpool Women's Hospital. Her passion was the care of labouring women and during almost 40 years she delivered thousands of Liverpool's babies.

In 1992 she became a member of Council at the Royal College of Midwives, which is the oldest and largest Midwifery organisation in the World, and in 1995 she was elected President and served 8 years as a National and International Ambassador for midwives. During that time she sat on many national and international committees and she was an adviser to five Secretaries of State on the strategy and delivery of the maternity services in the UK. In 2000 she was awarded Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for service to midwifery.

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said:

"Dame Lorna’s 40 year commitment to Merseyside and to the health and welfare of mothers and their babies cannot be underestimated. She has also worked tirelessly to represent and promote Merseyside as Lord Lieutenant. One of her first official duties was to present our University with its heraldic Arms. We look forward to formally welcoming Dame Lorna into the Liverpool Hope community."

Dame Lorna said: “One of my first engagements as Lord-Lieutenant was to deliver the Letters Patent from Her Majesty confirming university status on Liverpool Hope University. It was a memorable occasion and the beginning of a long and happy involvement with this unique ecumenical institution. How very proud I am today that Liverpool Hope University should honour me by the award of an Honorary Doctorate.”

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