The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Dr Ken Edwards, recently received a prestigious honour from a Romanian university.
The Universitatea Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca awarded Dr Edwards the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, a highly prestigious academic distinction rarely conferred by the Romanian University and one which he values greatly.
"I feel that I have received this as a reflection of the fact that I am President of the Association of European Universities (CRE)," he said, continuing, "I see leading the CRE as an exciting challenge at a time when higher education will make an every greater contribution to the development of Europe."
Dr Edwards, who will receive an honorary degree from Leicester University in July, retires as Vice-Chancellor in September 1999 after twelve years service, and plans to return to Cambridge, where he spent the previous 21 years.
He first went to Cambridge as Lecturer in the Department of Genetics in 1966. Five years later, in 1971, he was elected to a Fellowship at St John's College and served as Secretary to the College Council from 1975-77. In 1981 he became Head of the Genetics Department of Cambridge, a position he held until 1984. During this period he was, from 1982, Chairman of the Council of the School of Biological Sciences. In 1984 he was appointed to the post of Secretary General of the Faculties, one of the three principal administrative offices of the University of Cambridge.
During his time at Leicester University Dr Edwards served as Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) from 1993 to 1995, and now chairs its Medical and Research Policy Committees. He was also, until recently, Chairman of the governing body of the Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER). He is a member of the governing body of Sheffield Hallam University and of the Council of the Open University.
From 1991-94 he was a member of the Trent Regional Health Authority and from 1994-98 served on the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
In addition to this recent honour and his forthcoming honorary degree from Leicester University, Dr Edwards has honorary degrees from Queen's University, Belfast; Reading University; Loughborough University; and University College, Northampton. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The University of Warwick is to confer on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in January 2000.
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