The University of Bolton’s joint Deputy Chair of Governors, Dr Harnovdeep Singh Bharaj, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Dr Bharaj, who is a Consultant Physician based at the Royal Bolton Hospital, has been recognised for services to people with diabetes in the South Asian community.

He works in his own time to develop and deliver services for disadvantaged and socially-isolated groups to provide better access to health and education,

Dr Bharaj, who is joint deputy chairman of the University of Bolton board of governors and chair of the University’s Audit Committee, said: “It is all a bit overwhelming and I am extremely honoured and humbled. I am pleased not just for me, but for the amazing team who have worked so hard to make such a difference to the Bolton community.”

President and Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor George E Holmes DL, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news, Harni is truly deserving of this honour.

“He is a tremendous asset to the University and he also happens to be the most kind and lovely man.

“On behalf of the University family I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Harni.”

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