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Mel B received an honorary doctorate for her work in the fight against domestic violence

Mel B will receive an honorary doctorate for her charity work and advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

Leeds Beckett University is set to honour the Spice Girls singer with a PhD at an awards ceremony next month.

Melanie Brown, also known as Scary Spice, has become an advocate for victims of domestic violence after opening up in her memoir Brutally Honest about the abuse she endured at the hands of her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, an accusation Brown has repeatedly denied.

In 2018, the singer became a patron of the domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, and in 2022 she was awarded an MBE for “services to charities and women in need”.

In an Instagram post, the 49-year-old revealed she completed a trauma care course at university. Brown called the experience “so intense”noting that she had to re-experience many traumas in order to complete the course.

“I’m so honored and proud to have done this” writes the music icon.

In a statement about the university’s decision to award her a Ph.D., Mel B called it “an incredible honor” – admitting that she “he just didn’t want to accept the award” but he also wanted to become a student at Leeds Beckett.

“I told my friends and family I wanted to go to college, but I don’t think people took it seriously.”

“Since my husband and I split, I’ve been telling friends and family I wanted to go to college, but I don’t think people took it seriously,” she said. “But this gave me the opportunity to do it.”

“Not only did I receive the degree, but I was also accepted as a student in the Trauma Informed Care course, which was a huge step for me in so many ways… I am proud to feel like I am part of this university in my hometown, proud to have come here as Melanie Brown, proud to have worked with other students and received excellent guidance from the teaching staff.”

“Melanie is exactly the type of citizen we want to support here.”

Leeds Beckett Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Slee congratulated Brown, saying: “As a child of this city who rose to the top of her industry and then used her position to advocate for those who shared her struggles, Melanie is exactly the type of citizen we are here to support.”