Dr Marie Dickie, Independent Member of the Ministry of Defence Police Committee and former Northamptonshire County Councillor, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Northampton on Friday.
Over 3,000 students graduated from the University last week, and Marie was presented with her award by Dr Simon Sneddon, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Royal & Derngate ceremony. Marie is pictured with Willy Gilder from BBC Radio Northampton.
Marie was born and raised in Northampton and attended Northampton School for Girls, in what is now the Newton Building at Avenue Campus. She also attended the then University College Northampton and graduated with a 2:1 in Combined studies, after which she attended Warwick where she received an MA in Social and Labour History and her PhD.
Her long involvement with the community saw her as a Northampton Borough Councillor, Northamptonshire County Councillor, Member and chair of Northamptonshire Police Committee and a member and chair of the Police Authority.
Outside of these roles, Marie worked with Chile Solidarity and then the Joint Working Group for refugees. Her interest in social history continues to this day, and Marie is one of the friends of Northampton Castle.
Simon commented: “I was very pleased to be asked to present the award, and I really enjoyed all of the Awards Ceremonies.”