UWE Bristol VC awarded CBE for services to Education

Issue date: 30 December 2016


Professor Steven West, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), will be awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) as announced in the New Year Honours list today for his services to Education.

The CBE will be awarded at a special ceremony later in the year.

Professor West is an influential figure both in the Bristol and West of England region and on the national and international stage where he has made an impressive contribution over many years to higher education and health. In particular, he has demonstrated a significant commitment to furthering educational opportunities for young people through building relationships and partnerships for UWE Bristol with business organisations, schools and colleges.

Examples of his many contributions include developing and innovating in professional health education as Chair of the Health Education and Research Policy Network at Universities UK (for the past six years). He has worked at improving collaboration, innovation, adoption and spread of best practice and enterprise in health and social care as Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network. Professor West has also forged business and university partnerships as Chair of CBI South West 2014-2016 and Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative since 2012.

He was Chair of the University Alliance from 2012 to 2016 and since 2010 has also worked in support of Universities UK as an elected Board Member.

Commenting on the CBE award, Professor West said, “This is a fantastic honour for me. But the work that I have been able to do has only been possible because of the brilliant people I have worked with. During 30 years in education I have worked with many amazing colleagues who have encouraged and supported me and from whom I have learnt so much. I have also been supported by my incredible family who have sacrificed so much to allow me to follow my passions and dreams. This honour is also for them.

“In receiving this award I would like to pay tribute to the entire university and our partners who work to enhance and improve education, enterprise and research that is able to meet the needs of the rapidly changing worlds of health, education, business, law, teaching, engineering, science, architecture, construction, design, robotics, arts and the creative industries.

“I remain extremely proud and humbled by the work we do and the difference that we make improving employment prospects for our graduates and striving to make a real difference in the world and for society through our research endeavours. At UWE Bristol we work to help the thousands of young people who come to the university every year to follow their dreams and ambitions. The transformational education and development opportunities we provide support them to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes that allow them to succeed in a competitive global graduate employment market.

“I firmly believe that everyone who wants to go to university and has the ability and desire to succeed should be given the opportunity to do so regardless of background. Access to and progression through high quality education and skills development is the key to the future success of the UK. I am incredibly proud of the dedication and hard work of colleagues right across the university who are working hard to increase opportunity and develop talent.

“UWE Bristol is an enterprising, engaged and ambitious university that is going places and I'm proud to serve as its Vice-Chancellor and delighted that we can all share in this honour.”

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