Shami Chakrabarti made Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish

Khushali Dodhia 1 March 2017

Shami Chakrabarti is to be appointed an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish, the college has announced.

There will be an official ceremony on 2 March to recognise her appointment, followed by a discussion with students.

She first visited the college last year, to mark International Women’s Day with a talk on “Liberty, women and rights”. Following this, students described her as “an inspirational female leader”.

Baroness Chakrabarti is the Shadow Attorney General, and a Labour Party peer. She is Chancellor of the University of Essex, as well as an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, and an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

A barrister by background, she was Director of Liberty, an independent human rights organisation, from 2003 to 2016.

However, she recently drew ire from Labour MPs after blaming the party’s by-election defeat in Copeland on Storm Doris and the fact that its voters are less likely to own cars, rather than Jeremy Corbyn.

Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish, which is the only college in Europe for women aged 21 and over, commented on the appointment: “I’m delighted to welcome Shami Chakrabarti as an Honorary Fellow. As a recognised champion for women’s rights and education, she will be a very fitting addition to our College community.”

Baroness Chakrabarti said: “I am looking forward to being part of Lucy Cavendish College. There has never been a more important time to invest in women’s education, and in particular in providing women with an opportunity to continue their education at a time that’s right for them.”