An inspiring woman from Bradford has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Bradford College, for her contributions and service to the community on a local, regional and national level.

Sunrise Radio’s chief executive Usha Parmar received the prestigious honour from University Centre Bradford College at graduation ceremonies at St George’s hall on Tuesday 26th November.

Joining her was John Tempest who runs the Bradford Soup Run charity. Also awarded an honorary fellowship, his commitment sees 35-years of support for vulnerable people. His charity has fed and clothed tens of thousands over he years.

They both received their awards at graduation ceremonies alongside hundreds of students who were celebrating the completion of higher education courses.

Usha has been an avid campaigner for the progression of Asian communities and entered the world of radio in 1990.

Having received a number of accolades over the years, including ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’ (1999) and a ‘Lifetime’ award from the Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford, she is well-known for breaking down political and typecast attitudes about Asian and Asian business communities.

On receiving the accolade, Usha a former trustee of Bradford College, commented: “I’m both incredibly honoured and humbled on receiving an Honorary Fellowship.

“I am now looking forward to reconnecting with Bradford College, this time as an Honorary Fellow.”

A force for community cohesion and unity as well as entertainment, Sunrise Radio was crowned ‘Ethnic Media of the Year’ in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Sunrise Radio was also awarded “Regional Radio Station of the Year” in 2016 and “Best in Creative Industries” in 2017.

Usha has used her high profile for good causes and has shown her support for numerous appeals, projects and charities. She is a high-profile speaker renowned for presenting on subjects including forced marriage, the role of women in business and the issues facing British Asian youths at international, national and local events.

Andleeb Hanif, Managing Editor for Asian Express said: “Usha jee is sheer inspiration in the world of ethnic media – much of which is dominated by men.

“I first met her 20 years ago, and she remains the inspiration today as she was then.

“She began breaking down stereotypes almost three decades ago, when she embraced life in Bradford. Her passion for fair coverage and fair representation of the diverse Asian communities in the city are highly commendable, and this recognition was long overdue.”