University vice-chancellor John Cater has received a special birthday present from HM The Queen.
The Edge Hill University boss was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education and teacher training.
Dr Cater, who was appointed in 1993, is the longest-serving head of any UK higher education institution.
Edge Hill was originally a teacher training college, the country’s first non-denominational one for women, and became a university in 2006.
Under Dr Cater’s leadership the institution as grown and developed considerably, moving up by over 40 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 dtudent survey.
The vice chancellor 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.”
A social geographer, he has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy, and co-written major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.
Over the past two decades he has held a host of high profile posts and is currently chairman of the joint Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG).
He has been a director of the Higher Education careers service since 1994 and was chairman of Liverpool: City of Learning from 2003-2005.
He was vice chairman of the Standing Conference of Principals from 1997-2001 and chairman from 2001-2003.
Dr Cater’s other achievements include director of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor body, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, chairing both the accreditation and the audit committees.
He was also a member of the Department of Health’s expert advisory panel on nurse education and training and has sat on Universities UK’s health education and research policy network since 2004.