Karen has been awarded OBE for services to Higher Education. Congratulations also to Honorary Pro-Chancellor Stephen Howlett awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Karen says she is "deeply grateful and humbled to receive this award" which recognises her contributions across four universities in teaching and learning, research and leadership, alongside the formal posts in speech and language therapy she has held in the NHS. 

Karen's posts in the NHS have enabled her to make a clinical academic contribution to research, and to use research findings to improve services for people with communication difficulties. As part of a research project funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, Karen developed the first speech and language therapy services for young offenders in England. This gave the opportunity to work with policy makers and service commissioners to use research findings to change the way young offenders are managed.

Karen "believes passionately in the opportunities that universities provide to educate students and to create new knowledge for the good of society and would like to thank everyone I have worked with in so many different ways. I hope that all of my colleagues will take some credit for this award."

Stephen Howlett, our Honorary Pro-Chancellor was awarded a CBE for services to housing.

Congratulations Karen and Stephen – you've made us all #ProudtobeGre