Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University’s Vice-Chancellor has picked up the esteemed lifetime achievement accolade at this year’s Educate North Awards in recognition of his vision of education as a force for good. 

The judges, who decided not to publish the shortlist for this category, announced the award at a virtual ceremony, which celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North. 

It follows hot on the heels of news that Edge Hill also picked up the coveted University of the Year title

Dr John Cater – the longest-serving head of a UK higher education institution – has been instrumental in the transformation of Edge Hill into a thriving university acclaimed for high levels of student satisfaction and for the enhancement of social mobility, whilst increasingly enhancing its reputation for globally-significant research. 

The University’s vision is of education as a force for social and economic good continues to have an immeasurable impact on the public sector workforce, Edge Hill being one of the UK’s largest providers of education and training for the NHS and the whole school workforce. 

Dr Cater said: “What Edge Hill continues to achieve is down to the many hundreds who work here, the thousands who study here and the many tens of thousands who have graduated from the University and are making a significant contribution to the social and economic well-being of us all. Given this, it was a surprise and a real honour to have been recognised by my peers with the Lifetime Achievement Award – I must be ageing fast! Education changes lives for the better and it remains an enormous privilege to play a small part in that process. Thank you all.”