BBC Journalist and Broadcaster Carrie Gracie was named Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for her longstanding commitment to modern languages and cultures, embodying the values of Westminster.
She is an alumna from the BA Hons Chinese programme. Gracie joined the BBC World Service in 1987 where she has covered African, Chinese and Asia-Pacific regions. Appointed first BBC China editor, she has become a familiar face and cemented herself as a voice for gender equality after resigning from the post over gender pay discrimination earlier in the year. She has since returned to the BBC Newsroom.