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2 July 2012 | PR 12/121

Loughborough professor awarded CBE

Harriet Ward, Professor of Child and Family Research at Loughborough University, has been awarded a CBE for services to children and families in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Ward is Director of the University’s renowned Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR), which she co-founded in 2001. She also co-directs the government-funded Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre – a partnership between the Institute of Education, University of London, Loughborough University, and the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent.

The work of Professor Ward and her CCFR colleagues is influential both nationally and internationally, providing the evidence base for the development of a wide range of policy initiatives, particularly those relating to children in need.

Her leadership of the Looking After Children programme, from which much of the CCFR research programme originally derived, has influenced government policy and practice in the UK and abroad. It also led to a number of research initiatives, which informed the development of the CCFR programmes of research on outcomes for vulnerable children and exploring costs and outcomes.

She is currently directing a major research study on young children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm, and has recently co-authored Safeguarding Children Across Services: Messages from Research on Identifying and Responding to Child Maltreatment, the overview of the Department of Health- and Department for Education-funded Safeguarding Children Research Initiative.

Professor Ward said: “I am delighted to have received this prestigious honour. The work that we undertake at the Centre for Child and Family Research has a real impact on society and I think all the CCFR team should share the credit for its many achievements.”

The University’s Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Linton, said: “I was absolutely delighted to hear that Professor Ward had been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and I would like to congratulate her on this very well-deserved honour.”

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for theBest Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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