Sir Bobby Charlton receives honorary degree from the University of Bath

Arise Doctor Sir Bobby! University of Bath honours FABW founder

Find A Better Way founder Sir Bobby Charlton was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University at Bath yesterday at its Summer Graduations.

Sir Bobby was honoured both in recognition of his significant sporting success and charitable work. The timing of the award is particularly fitting as both the University and Sir Bobby are celebrating a significant 50th anniversary this summer. Sir Bobby will of course commemorate 50 years since he helped England lift the World Cup next month, but the famous summer of 1966 was also the year the University of Bath was awarded its royal charter.

The University of Bath is one of the many UK universities helping FABW develop improved landmine detection technology, and FABW fund a research project at the university led by Dr Manuch Soleimani. Dr Soleimani’s team is developing an innovative new camera system which will create 3D images of suspect objects up to 10cm underground.

Sir Bobby said: ‘I’m especially delighted to be honoured by the University of Bath, which was not only founded in the year of my most important moment as a footballer, but is also partnered with my charity Find A Better Way in what I hope will be the most important work of my life: finding solutions to the devastation caused by landmines worldwide.’

Dr Soleimani, who gave Sir Bobby’s degree oration at the ceremony, said: ‘Sir Bobby is not only one of the greatest ever footballers and sportsmen, he is a true gentleman and a much loved person outside of sport.

‘Sir Bobby’s FABW is a fantastic charity that is already helping save lives through its landmine education programme. I am delighted to be supported by the charity and look forward to playing a part in helping FABW reduce the number of lives lost as a result of landmines.’

The University’s Summer Graduations took place in Bath Abbey. Following the ceremony Sir Bobby and Lady Charlton received a demonstration of their landmine detection project from Dr Soleimani and his team.