Legendary 2-Tone singer Pauline Black receives honorary degree from University of Warwick - The Coventry Observer

7th Aug, 2022

Legendary 2-Tone singer Pauline Black receives honorary degree from University of Warwick

Ryan Smith 3rd Aug, 2022

LEGENDARY 2-Tone singer Pauline Black has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Warwick.

Pauline was a founding member of the iconic Coventry band ‘The Selecter’ and received her degree on July 21.

She secured five UK top 40 singles including classics like ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘On My Radio.’

The Selecter were part of a new wave of ska bands that burst onto the British music scene in the 1970’s and 1980’s, highlighting issues such as sexism, racism and poverty.

Pauline released her autobiography ‘Black by Design’ in 2011 and is a long-time champion of racial equality.

She has lived in Coventry for over 50 years and played a key role in the city’s successful City of Culture bid.

The University of Warwick’s honourary doctorates list also includes Charles Adeogun-Phillips, the former head of special investigations at the United Nations, and mathematician Ian Stewart.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Stuart Croft said: “All those being awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Warwick this year have made immense contributions to public life in a range of fields.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to honour these figures, who have had a vast and valuable impact both internationally and at home.”

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