Dr. John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dr. John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, Dr John Cater, visited Buckingham Palace this week to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and Teacher Training.

Dr Cater joined a group of outstanding individuals recognised for their achievements.

Dr. John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Dr Cater said: “Edge Hill University has made enormous progress over the past two decades, culminating in our selection as Times Higher Education’s current UK University of the Year, and it was a great privilege to receive this honour from Her Majesty in recognition of the achievements of so very many colleagues, alumni and students.”

As Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, Dr Cater is the longest-serving head of a United Kingdom higher education institution, having been appointed in 1993.

Edge Hill University has grown and developed considerably during the 22 years of his leadership, moving up by over forty places in national league tables since 2006 and recently being named both University of the Year 2014-15 and Best University Workplace by Times Higher Education as well as retaining record levels of student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

As a social geographer, Dr Cater has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy, and co-authored major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.

Dr Cater is currently chair of the joint Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG). He has been a Director of the Higher Education Careers Service since 1994 and was Chair of Liverpool: City of Learning from 2003-2005. He chaired the Standing Conference of Principals from 2001-2003, having been Vice-Chair from 1997-2001.

He was a Director of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor body, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, from 1999-2006 and chaired both the Accreditation and the Audit Committees.

Dr Cater was also member of Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Panel on Nurse Education and Training from 1995-97, and has sat on Universities UK’s Health Education and Research Policy Network since 2004. He also represents all Vice-Chancellors on the Joint DH/DfE Social Work Reform Board.

He is past Chair of the Knowsley 14-19 Collegiate Consortium and the Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network, and a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers.