Honorary Doctorate for James Shera
The Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP) is delighted that its Chair, Dr James Shera MBE, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Coventry University at its graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral last week. The award is in recognition of James’ contribution to intercultural and interfaith harmony and multicultural education. The award adds to the list of James’ existing accolades of being the longest-serving Pakistani councillor in the UK, being awarded the Star of Pakistan for services to the community and interfaith relations, and an MBE in 2007 and becoming an Honorary Freeman of Rugby Borough in 2017.
James came to the UK in 1971 from Pakistan, having studied in both countries and starting his career as a teacher in Rugby. James was able to develop links in his local community, in wider multi-faith communities across the UK, and through his extensive connections in Pakistan, he soon established a platform for multicultural and multifaith dialogue for peace and prosperity between the UK and Pakistan.
Junaid Hussain, Chief Executive of EQuIP, commented, ‘We are so pleased for James and are proud of his award from Coventry University and all of his achievements over the years. It is an honour to have James as Chair of our countywide equalities organisation, which has benefited from his experience and knowledge from interfaith, multicultural education and developing good relations between different communities and faith groups from around the world.’