NIACE members recognised in New Year Honours List

4th January 2011

NIACE congratulates all those associated with adult further and higher education whose work was recognised in the New Year Honours List 2011. In particular, NIACE celebrates:

  • nine colleagues honoured from NIACE’s college sector membership;
  • four colleagues honoured from among NIACE’s higher education members; and
  • four colleagues honoured from local authority corporate members.

NIACE is also delighted that Sheila Rosenburg has been awarded an OBE for her contribution to ESOL.

Chris Taylor, NIACE Programme Director for ESOL said:

“Sheila has made a significant contribution to ESOL policy and practice over many years, including her book published by NIACE, A Critical History of ESOL in the UK, the most authoritative and up-to-date history of the development of ESOL in the UK from 1870 to 2006. The book is not only a chronology of education policy, but can also be read as a social history of migrant peoples’ experience in the UK. This is important and necessary work and Sheila was uniquely placed to conduct this research and bring to bear her enormous depth of knowledge. In the tradition of the best of scholars, Sheila took complex material, analysed it and presented it to the reader clearly, economically and elegantly.”

“Sheila’s OBE comes at an important time for ESOL development. ESOL is at a critical stage, with a key role to play in the skills strategy and in social integration, but facing funding constraints. Sheila gave us, through her book, an opportunity to learn from the history of ESOL in order to develop its future role in the economic and social development of the UK.”