Published on 03/05/2022
Louise Casey, Baroness Casey of Blackstock
  • Dame Louise Casey, Baroness Casey of Blackstock, is the co-founder and chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness
  • Over the last 18 years Baroness Casey has been instrumental in the development of several bespoke social policy programmes for five UK Prime Ministers
  • She was appointed a Life Peerage in 2020.

A former government official who was prominent in the field of social policy has been awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.

Dame Louise Casey received the honorary degree at a ceremony at Birmingham’s Eastside Rooms on Tuesday 5 April 2022.

Dr Casey is the co-founder and chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world.

Over the last 18 years she has been instrumental in the development of several bespoke social policy programmes for five UK Prime Ministers and has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness and anti-social behaviour to troubled families and integration.

In August 2021, Baroness Casey was appointed to review the circumstances and prepare a report on the spectator invasion of Wembley Stadium. Later in 2021, she was appointed to lead an independent review of culture and standards into the Metropolitan Police.

Dame Louise was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the 2008 Queen's birthday honours list, made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list 2016, and appointed a Life Peerage in 2020.

Colin Chapman, deputy dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston Business School, said:

“I am delighted that Aston University has bestowed this honour on Dr Louise Casey.

“It is wonderful to see her significant contribution to public services and social equality rewarded in this way.

“She is an inspiring role model for our students.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Saskia Loer Hansen is the interim Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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