Wyndham Hacket Pain reports on the latest prestigious prize to be awarded to one of UCL’s institutions.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize has been awarded to the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). The award is to recognise a “world leading contribution to the policy and practice of education with international reach around innovative social research”.
The award is presented by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and is the most prestigious national recognition for British academic or vocational institutions.
Over the last two years the IOE has ranked number one in the world for education in the QS World University Rankings.
Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the IOE, described the institute as a “genuine force for good in the world.”
The IOE was merged with UCL in 2014, and those involved are excited at the opportunities that this will bring. It is believed that real advances in the fields of social science and education can take place in the years to come.
Professor Michael Arthur, UCL Provost stated: “This award reinforces what an outstanding institute we have merged with.”
The institute is at the forefront of innovative educational methods and policy.
For instance, its Centre for Holocaust Education aims to engage with children by making complex issues accessible. The Holocaust is important for educators as it reveals the full range for human behaviour, from horrific acts of hatred to the extraordinary courage of the survivors. The centre sees its work as an educational imperative.
The IOE’s work has a truly global impact and extends across more than 100 countries. Overseas projects include improving access to education in India, rising the standard of primary education in Sri Lanka, giving women access to schooling in Africa, and engaging with education policy in post-civil-war Myanmar.
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