Prof Farwell, who is due to retire at the end of January, said of her award: ‘I am absolutely delighted that my career has been honoured in this way and want to thank all of those people who have kindly sent me congratulatory messages since the public announcement.
‘I personally feel very humble about it as the achievements which have led to the award being made are not just about my work as an individual, but what the organisations that I have worked with have achieved.â€¨
‘This award is important recognition for what the University has accomplished and I feel proud on its behalf.’
During her time at Bucks New University, Prof Farwell has led the University through a period of significant change and development. Under her visionary direction, the University has greatly increased its profile, and achieved recognition for its employer-focused education and industry links.
Bucks New University gained full University title and went through a major campus consolidation project which saw the construction of the award-winning Gateway building at the High Wycombe Campus, and the opening of a new Campus in Uxbridge dedicated to the University’s healthcare provision.
In addition to her role at the University, Prof Farwell has been influential in higher education at national level having been Chair of GuildHE from 2009-2013, and has been a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) since 2009. In recent years she has been chair of one HEFCE’s strategic advisory committees on Teaching Quality and the Student Experience.
Closer to home, Prof Farwell has resolved to create an effective, inclusive education system across Buckinghamshire and has held positions on the boards of Aylesbury College, Bucks Business First (BBF);Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP); and the Buckinghamshire University Technical College, to engage directly with employers about skills needs.