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3 January 2013
The Institute for Learning (IfL) congratulates all those who were recognised in the 2013 New Year honours list for services to further education and adult learning, including:
• IfL member Stephen Christie, technical adviser for media studies at Wigan and Leigh College, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to further education
• IfL member Carol Taylor, director for development and research at NIACE, who was appointed OBE for services to adult learning.
IfL’s elected chair, Sue Crowley, said, “We offer our congratulations to all those whose contributions to our diverse sector – including adult and further education, training, vocational education, specialist teaching for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities, and the voluntary sector – have been recognised in the New Year honours. We are especially pleased about the awards for long-standing IfL members Stephen Christie and Carol Taylor, whose continuing membership of their professional body is a demonstration of their commitment.
“Excellent teaching and learning is fundamental to the development of the skills this nation needs, and deserves to have a much higher profile, with more outstanding teachers and trainers being recognised in the New Year and Queen’s birthday honours lists. The inclusion of so many former and current FE students in the special Olympic and Paralympic honour roll is a fitting tribute to their teachers, trainers and coaches, and gratifying to see.”