New Year's Honours celebrated at The University of Nottingham

05 Jan 2009 09:14:00.000

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A Professor at The University of Nottingham has been awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.


Ronald Carter, Professor of Modern English Language in the School of English Studies where he has worked since 1979, has been honoured for services to local and national higher education. He was joined in the New Year's Honours List by highly successful Nottingham alumni who have made their mark on modern Britain.


In local education in the Nottingham region, Professor Carter has played a seminal part in the University’s widening participation programmes, has developed School of English Studies literacy schemes in local primary and secondary schools — including the Nottingham University Samworth Academy — and is a community governor of Melbury Junior School in Bilborough, Nottingham.

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In national education Professor Carter has contributed to the development of the UK Schools National Curriculum for English over many years of work, first as national director of the LINC (Language in the National Curriculum Project) from 1989-1992, and in the last 10 years as a consultant to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), where he has also been recently seconded as an advisor for key skills, literacy and English as a second language.

Professor Carter has also been Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and the international Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) as well as a member over many years of the Literature Advisory Committee of the British Council where his interests in language in education have been predominant.

He was joined in the New Year’s Honours List by no fewer than six successful University of Nottingham alumni:

  • Tim Brabants (Medicine, 2002), who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the K1 1000m kayaking event and bronze in the K1 500m event, received an MBE. Dr Brabants was honoured for services to sport.
  • Elizabeth Fradd (MSc in Health Care Policy and Organisation, 1994), a Special Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to nursing. Ms Fradd is an independent health service adviser who was until April 2004 the Nurse Director and lead Director for the Review and Inspection programme in the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI).
  • David John Pearson (Law, 1970) was made Companion of the Order of the Bath. Mr Pearson is Deputy Treasury Solicitor, of The Treasury Solicitors.
  • Anne Marie Rafferty (MPhil Surgery 1985), Professor of Nursing Policy and Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, Kings College London, was given the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to healthcare.
  • Arthur Emerson (MEd Education 1980) was given an MBE for voluntary service to the carers' group, Rethink Sheffield.
  • Diane Talbot (MPH Epidemiology & Public Health 2004) Dietetic Manager, NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, was given an MBE for services to public health.

Professor Carter has written and edited more than 30 books as an academic researcher and has published more than 100 academic papers in the fields of literary linguistics, language and education, applied linguistics and the teaching of English and in the new field of e-social science. At The University of Nottingham he has been Head of the School of English Studies, was founding Director of CELE (Centre for English Language Education), chair of the first Widening Participation and Access Committee and was Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Centre from 2005-8.

He has been successful over many years in securing major research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Cambridge University Press. He has been on national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) Panels for English Language and Literature in 2001 and 2008 and is currently a member of the Research Grants Board of ESRC.

Professor Carter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a fellow of the British Academy for Social Sciences. One of his most recent books Cambridge Grammar of English: A Comprehensive Guide to Spoken and Written Grammar and Usage (with Professor Michael McCarthy, Cambridge University Press, 2006) won the 2007 British Council International English Language Innovation Award.

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “This is a most fitting award to Ron Carter for his many years of outstanding research and for distinguished service to education in local, national and international contexts.

“His research in applied linguistics and, most recently, in e-social science is internationally renowned and he is the author of a number of prize-winning books. At The University of Nottingham his many years of voluntary work with local schools are greatly appreciated beyond the walls of the University and he has made a major contribution to efforts to increase university access for the wider community.

"It is also a huge pleasure to see so many of our alumni honoured in this way.  We take great pride in the success of our former students and the achievements of those who have received honours will be a source of inspiration to current and future students."

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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