Pioneering University staff recognised in New Year’s Honours

12 Jan 2022

Published in: Member News

Pioneering staff members from the University of Wolverhampton are celebrating after being recognised in the New Year’s Honours.

Pioneering staff members from the University of Wolverhampton are celebrating after being recognised in the New Year’s Honours.

Clare Dickens has received an MBE for services to education and improving suicide awareness. Clare led the development of the award-winning Three Minutes to Save a Life programme, which aims to give people the confidence and understanding required to tackle issues surrounding suicide, self-harm, and emotional resilience.

Louise Rhodes has been honoured with an MBE for services to education and the Deaf community. Louise is a British Sign Language Interpreter and has played a key role in making sure deaf students at the University have the same level of education provision as other students. Her work has helped create a foundation of support that will benefit students for decades to come.

"Clare, from Wolverhampton, is the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Academic Lead. She said: “I was once told that education can be the key to open many doors, it can broaden horizons and offer you a spark from heaven in finding something to be passionate about. Those words have held firm for me, within the embrace of this wonderful University and city.

“I am incredibly humbled to receive this honour, and this is one of the many signposts in my nursing and academic career where I have reflected on who has shaped my life, offering their support and guidance, and who has lifted me as they climb. It is impossible to name them all, but I reflect mainly on my children, my husband and family at this time. None of what I have pursued or achieved, would have happened without them, we are a great team. So this honour is for them too.”

Louise, who is also from Wolverhampton and has supported deaf students at the University for over 27 years, said: “This is such an amazing honour and I’m immensely proud to have been awarded an MBE; it means so much that my work has been recognised in this way. The University of Wolverhampton has been a pioneer in Deaf student support over nearly three decades and I’d like to thank them for their support of the Deaf community both locally and nationally."

Another former staff member from the University, Professor Nazira Karodia, has also received an MBE for her contribution to the chemical sciences.

Nazira was the University of Wolverhampton’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement until August this year, when she moved to a new role as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Principal for Learning and Teaching at Edinburgh Napier University. Nazira said: "I am honoured and delighted that the efforts to build a more inclusive education system is being recognised in this way. Throughout my working life I have been committed to increasing education standards and opportunities for a greater diversity of students with a hope for a more equitable and sustainable future.”

Submitted by Daniel from University Of Wolverhampton
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