Issue date: 06 December 2000

Roger Dawe is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and training.

Roger Dawe was educated at Hardyes School, Dorchester and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He married in 1965 and has a daughter and a son.

The life time civil service career of Roger Dawe began in 1962 at the Ministry of Labour. From 1966 until 1970 he served as private secretary to the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. In 1970 he was admitted to the Order of the British Empire. From 1972 until 1974 he was the principal private secretary to three successive Secretaries of State: Maurice Macmillan, Willie Whitelaw and Michael Foot.

Roger Dawe then became Assistant Secretary, Department of Employment, with a succession of jobs including pay in the public services, manpower policy, responsibility for the Group Personnel Unit and for the Unemployment Benefit Service. There followed a number of senior manpower posts. From 1988 until 1992 he was in charge of the training activities of the Department of Employment, first as Director General of the Manpower Services Commission and later as Director General of the Department’s Training Education and Enterprise Directorate. In 1988 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

In 1992 Roger Dawe moved from the Department for Employment to the Department for Education where he became responsible for advising Ministers on the development of all educational and student policies affecting young people over 16 and adults in Schools,

Colleges and Universities. Through the new Funding Councils he worked with the further
and higher education sectors to secure policy objectives. He also advised Ministers on European and international educational issues, including education exports.

In 1995 Roger Dawe became Director General for Further and Higher Education and Youth Training, at the new Department for Education and Employment. For five years he was responsible for policies for the education and training of young people, further and higher education, student support, academic and vocational qualifications and careers education and guidance. He is a firm believer in the importance of widening access and lifting standards of post-16 education and training, so that more young people and adults reach higher levels of qualifications and skills.

Roger Dawe retired in the summer of 2000, after an outstanding career in which he played a leading role in the development of further and higher education. In September 2000 he became Chair of the Methodist Council Executive and he plans to remain involved in voluntary activity in the sphere of training and education.

The Honorary Degree will be awarded at the awards ceremony for the Faculty of Education at Bristol Cathedral on Friday 1 December at 11:30am.

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