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Sunderland professor awarded MBE for services to education

20 Jun 2023

A University of Sunderland professor who is playing a key role in shaping the future of teacher training has been awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list. 

Professor Lynne McKenna, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society, is receiving the honour in recognition of her services to education. 

Professor McKenna joined the University in 2015 as Head of the School of Education and in 2018 was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society. Prior to this, she was Director of Initial Teacher Education in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University.

Professor McKenna said: "I’m truly honoured to receive this award, but I share it with so many talented, inspirational and dedicated colleagues across school and university sectors. 

“I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of education, having experienced this for myself entering higher education as a mature student at Sunderland Polytechnic in 1987. It has been a privilege to work in education over the past 32 years, first as a teacher in schools across the north-east and then subsequently in initial and post-qualifying teacher education in universities.”

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