UK’s longest serving VC awarded CBE

Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University awarded CBE in Birthday honours list

The Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, Dr John Cater, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and Teacher Training. 

Dr Cater joins a group of outstanding individuals recognised for their achievements.

On learning of the news he said: “Edge Hill has made tremendous progress over the past 20 years, culminating in this year’s Times Higher Education’s University of the Year award and this generous recognition is a testament to everything my colleagues have achieved and acknowledges the debt I have to them all.”

As Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, Dr Cater is the longest-serving head of a United Kingdom higher education institution, having been appointed in 1993.

Edge Hill University has grown and developed considerably during the 22 years of his leadership, moving up by over 40 forty places in national league tables since 2006 and recently being named both University of the Year 2014-15 and Best University Workplace by Times Higher Education as well as being the highest rated University in the North West in the last National Student survey.

As a social geographer, he has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy, and co-authored major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.

Dr Cater is currently chair of the joint Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG).

He was a Director of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor body, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, from 1999-2006 and chaired both the Accreditation and the Audit Committees.



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