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Hellen Sambili receives Lancaster University distinguished alumni award

Professor Christian Bonington with Professor Hellen Sambili and her family

Date: 18 December 2013

Professor Hellen Sambili received a Lancaster University distinguished alumni award at the graduation ceremony on December 11th 2013 where 28 graduates from the Department of Educational Research were awarded their PhDs.

Professor Hellen Sambili completed a Master's degree and a PhD in Education at Lancaster University. Her work, supervised by Professor Murray Saunders, within the Department of Educational Research, focused on girls' education and their journey into employment. Building on her experience at Lancaster, she became Dean and an Associate Professor in Egerton University Kenya. Hellen went on to make an important contribution to politics in East Africa, but in particular, she has championed the positive role of women in public life. Her career has been devoted to improving the academic opportunities for young people in her country and to women's rights across East Africa. A former Kenyan government minister for Youth affairs and Sport, Hellen has also served as acting Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology and held a ministerial post in the Ministry of the East African Community. She was one of only 16 women returned to Parliament in the general elections in Kenya in March 2013.


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, Educational Research


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