Date of release: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Andrew Lambirth 

A literacy education expert from the University of Greenwich has become President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).

Andrew Lambirth, Professor of Education, will carry out the role for the next two years. Previously he was the association's Vice-President.

He says: "This position is a real privilege. I hope to ensure the UKLA continues to grow in its work and influence. We support the work of teachers up and down the UK in their heroic efforts to provide children with the best literacy education possible in politically and economically challenging times."

Author and editor of ten books on the subject of literacy and primary education, Professor Lambirth also sits on the editorial board of Literacy, the association's peer-reviewed international journal.

A member of the university's Faculty of Education & Health, he recently led a project to improve teaching standards in local schools, run in partnership with The Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance. Professor Lambirth combines his research with development projects. After a writing project in a primary school in Kent, the Headteacher commented: "Our writing results have risen, particularly our levels of progress which is great and is evidence of the real impact of the Greenwich project."

UKLA has a mission to advance education in literacy, both in school and out-of-school settings, and promotes good practice in teaching and research. Its members include teachers, teaching assistants, school literacy co-ordinators, researchers, inspectors and librarians.

For more about studying at the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Education & Health: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/eduhea, email courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Professor Andrew Lambirth.