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London’s 'Night Czar' receives honorary doctorate from UEL

Amy Lamé says she is looking forward to working with UEL students

Amy Lamé, London’s so-called ‘Night Czar’, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of East London (UEL) 

The doctorate was awarded to her in recognition of her contributions to London’s cultural and economic life, with a particular focus on London nightlife around music, social and cultural venues, and night-time workers.

Ms Lamé (pictured centre, with UEL Chancellor Shabir Randeree, left, and UEL Chair of Governors Geoff Thompson) was given the honour at a graduation ceremony held on 18 July at ExCeL London for students of UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

She said, “It’s a real honour to receive this from UEL, which is a practical and forward-thinking place, and it feels like it comes from the community of east London so it means more to me.

“I was the first person in my family to go to university and graduate. My father and grandfather both left school at 14 and all the family have come from tough educational backgrounds, which makes today feel extra special.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the students at UEL. They are the future of London, with their new ideas and resilience in finding solutions to challenges that London faces.”

Ms Lamé was appointed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in November 2016 with a mission to rejuvenate London’s night-time economy and arrest the decline of music venues and nightclubs in the capital.

She said she was optimistic about the opportunities that lie in store for students graduating from UEL.

“London is a global leader, so armed with a degree in a great city means they’ve naturally got opportunities that other’s won’t have,” she said.

“There are challenges – we’re in flux around Brexit and rents are high – but we’ll renew ourselves. London is a place of opportunity.”