TV presenter, entrepreneur and writer Sarah Beeny has been given an honorary degree by Middlesex University in London recognising her contribution to the property industry.
By the age of 24 Sarah had established a successful property development and investment company and, following her success, was approached to present Channel 4's prime time show Property Ladder.
Sarah is also an internet entrepreneur, changing people's attitudes to online dating after founding mysinglefriend.com and continuing to challenge the way people buy and sell homes by setting up property website tepilo.com.
Sarah puts her success down to hard work. She said: “For me, it's all about hard work and having a really deep interest in what I do.”
Sarah continues to be the nation's go-to expert for all things property in shows including Channel 4’s Help! My House is Falling Down and Restoration Nightmare. She has also hosted Pay Off Your Mortgage, Streets Ahead and Britain's Best Home amongst others.
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Sarah is someone who our students can learn from and be inspired by. She has a real entrepreneurial flair so it was an privilege to give her this honorary degree. At Middlesex we are creating the next generation of graduate talent - I hope the award will help motivate those wishing to start their own businesses.”
A writer and columnist, Sarah is a regular contributor to The Sun, The Sunday Times and magazines Homebuyer, New Woman and At Home. She has written several best selling books as well as a successful blog.
Sarah collected her honorary degree at a ceremony at Middlesex University's Hendon campus this morning (17 July).
The award is made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.