Marcus Rashford Receives Honorary Doctorate For Charity Work

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

8 Oct 2021

England international footballer Marcus Rashford MBE received his honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester for his charity work.

The announcement was made first in July last year, but like a lot of things recently it was delayed due to covid.

The official in-person ceremony and celebration took place at Old Trafford, with Rashford who was accompanied by his family handed the award, presented by vice-chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

He joins fellow Manchester United club legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, who have also been honoured by the University in the past the former there in support of the 23-year-old.

Rashford said: “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today is special,”

Continuing Rashford touched on some current topics saying, “I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty. Yesterday, millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline and a means of staying afloat. A move that could see child poverty rise to 1 in 3 children. For that reason, today is bittersweet.”

Rashford also called for politicians to get “out into communities” like his hometown, Wythenshawe in south Manchester.

“It’s time they saw first-hand the true measure of struggle. COVID-19 can no longer be used as an excuse.”

The ceremony confirmed Rashford as the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the university.