Anita Bhalla OBE receives Honorary Degree from Birmingham City University

We are extremely proud of our award -winning Chair of Trustees, Anita Bhalla OBE, who received an honorary doctoral degree from Birmingham City University for her exceptional services to the city of Birmingham and to the University, right here in Symphony Hall on Monday 11 January.

Anita has made a profound impact on Birmingham, and Town Hall Symphony Hall, and we are immensely grateful for her contribution to life in and outside of our halls.

Anita is best known for her staggering 26 years with the BBC, where she had various roles including leading the national network of Big screens, bringing live streams of major cultural and sporting events to all corners of our country and most significantly founding BBC Asian Network.

However Anita’s career hasn’t always been within the media, she initially trained as a teacher and went on to begin her work life as a Community Relations Officer in Leicester and then a community worker in Birmingham, where she set up one of the first hostels for Asian women in Handsworth.

Before receiving this honour, Anita said “It is a great honour and I am privileged to be recognised by a university which is so entwined with the city of Birmingham. I am even more excited about receiving my honorary doctorate right here at Symphony Hall.

Anita, we are privileged to have such a remarkable and inspiring leader amongst us and we hope you go on to leave a lasting legacy on this great city.

Check out the video below of the moment Anita received her award: