Charity leader and business woman Camila Batmanghelidjh is to receive an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University. Camila, a champion for the wellbeing of children, will receive a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) during a graduation ceremony at Nottingham Concert Hall on today, July 16.
Camila had founded two children’s charities before she was 35 – The Place 2 Be in 1994 and Kids Company in 1996. They were built on her experience as a psychotherapist working with children suffering severe emotional stress from family disorder, bullying, domestic abuse, gang violence or other causes.
Her energy, personality and leadership have promoted greater levels of therapy, counselling, comfort and other practical help in schools and centres for vulnerable children. Camila’s business skills in the charity sector have also been widely recognised, including a lifetime achievement award from the Centre of Social Justice.
Kids Company is currently a partner with the University of Cambridge and University College London on research into neurodevelopmental trauma.
Camila will receive her honorary degree alongside students from the university’s School of Social Sciences. The School is a nationally and internationally-recognised centre for the study of engaged social science and offers a wide range of courses which address the key social issues of today.