Figen Murray OBE awarded honorary degree by University of Salford

Categories: School of Health and Society

Figen Murray OBE has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Salford in recognition of her work to improve safety and security at venues, and her support for students studying counselling and psychotherapy courses.

For over 23 years, Figen worked as a counsellor herself. But everything changed on 22 May 2017, when her son, Martyn Hett, was one of the 22 people killed in the devastating Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

Since then, Figen has committed her time to promoting peace, kindness and tolerance in Martyn’s memory, as well as working towards changes aimed at preventing similar attacks in future.

As well as championing Martyn’s Law, legislation requiring entertainment venues to improve security against the threat of terrorism, she now educates young people on Prevent, safety in accessing venues and facilitates learning in post-traumatic growth, bereavement and loss.

On receiving her award, Figen said: “It is totally humbling to receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of some of the work I have done over the past few years. I am very overwhelmed and wish to thank Professor Margaret Rowe and the University of Salford for honouring me with it.

“I have been working tirelessly over the past four years to bring in legislation to keep the general public safe, working with the Home Office, and it is incredible to know that my efforts are being noticed by people outside of government, recognising how essential this legislation is. Thank you also to Helen Rose, Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the university, who nominated me."

Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health and Society at the university, said: “It is wonderful to be able to present this award to Figen today. Her dedication and commitment are truly inspirational, creating awareness of the issues around bereavement, cultural awareness, inclusion and anti-terrorism. We hope she will continue to work with us to support our students – the nurses, police officers and counsellors of the future – as they begin their careers.”

Figen Murray looks directly at the camera with arms folded

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