Edge Hill vice-chancellor awarded CBE

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.

Edge Hill John CaterDr 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 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 has been a director of the Higher Education Careers Service since 1994 and was chair of Liverpool: City of Learning from 2003-2005. He chaired the Standing Conference of Principals from 2001-2003, having been vice-chair from 1997-2001.

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.

Dr Cater was also member of Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Panel on Nurse Education and Training from 1995-97, and has sat on Universities UK’s Health Education and Research Policy Network since 2004. He also represents all vice-chancellors on the Joint DH/DfE Social Work Reform Board. He is past chair of the Knowsley 14-19 Collegiate Consortium and the Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network, and a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers.