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13 June 2005 PR 05/55

CBE for Loughborough’s next Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce

Professor Shirley Pearce, who will succeed Professor Sir David Wallace as Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the NHS.

Professor Pearce is currently Dean of the Institute of Health and Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice at the University of East Anglia. She led the successful joint venture bid to secure a Medical School in Norwich and is a significant figure in the health sphere both nationally and locally.

She is the Deputy Chair of the Health Care Commission and represents the Higher Education sector on the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority.

Commenting on the news, Professor Pearce said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award for services to the NHS.

“In the development of the Institute of Health at UEA and more recently at the Health Care Commission, I have been privileged to work in teams of the very highest quality academic, clinical and administrative colleagues. We have worked together to deliver a range of educational programmes that equip doctors, nurses, therapists and other health care professionals with the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to provide a patient-orientated NHS.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues both at UEA and at the NHS for their skills, commitment and support.

“I shall be moving to take up the post of Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University later this year. I am confident that the work of the Institute of Health at UEA will continue to develop and expand, working with NHS partners. In my new role, I shall continue to promote the development of teaching and research programmes that will benefit the NHS.”

Professor Pearce is a former student of Norwich High School and of the Universities of Oxford and London. She worked as a clinical psychologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London, then as an academic at University College, London, before moving to UEA in 1994.

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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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