Solicitor with many hats now has one more – an honorary doctorate

‘I can travel the world but whenever I return to Bradford, I feel relief’, says Ruby Bhatti

A solicitor who has dedicated more than half her life to her home city has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bradford.

Ruby Bhatti OBE, 50, received her award for her work across many areas, not least the many hours of pro bono work she carries out in her legal role. In addition, she sits on a dizzying array of boards and trusts, which she benefits with her varied experience.

Commenting on the award, she said: “Being born and raised in Bradford, it’s so important to me to be able to put something back into the community and to help young people gain the kind of opportunities I had when growing up.

“The award recognised all my hard work and achievements that I have done for both the University and for my city.

“It is a true honour to accept the award from an education institute which has supported and given opportunities to thousands of students who have completed their degrees here, perused great professions, and placed the University on the map in many sectors.”

Ruby, who has over 27 years’ experience in the legal field and over 25 years’ experience of various non-executive directorships in the housing, education, youth and health sectors.

To name a few she is chair of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Research, Deputy Lay chair for Bradford District & Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, a trustee for Bradford Youth Development Board, chair at three primary schools and a secondary school (and a board member of over 25 schools) and she is the National Leader for Governance for Education for Yorkshire and the Humber.