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Chief Executive of Universities UK awarded CBE

12 June 2015
Nicola Dandridge

The Chief Executive of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to higher education.

Commenting on the award, Nicola Dandridge said: “I am honoured to receive this award. For me, it is recognition for all the hard work of colleagues in Universities UK and the sector who are so passionate about higher education and its transformative effect.”

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: “This is great news. Nicola has played a very prominent role as a leader in higher education over the last decade and has worked tirelessly for the university sector. This award is richly deserved.”

Nicola Dandridge became Chief Executive of Universities UK in September 2009. She was previously Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, a higher education agency that works with the sector to promote equality for staff and students.

Before joining the Equality Challenge Unit, Nicola worked as a lawyer, qualified in both England and Scotland and working in private practice. She was a partner and head of equality at Thompsons Solicitors, the UK’s largest firm of solicitors acting for the trade union and labour movement.​

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