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Members of the IOE community recognised in New Year’s Honours

3 January 2019

Professor Alison Park, former UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic and director of CLOSER, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the social sciences.

Professor Alison Park

Professor Park served as CLOSER’s director from 2015 to 2018. During her tenure, the CLOSER consortium made significant strides in maximising the use, value and impact of the UK’s longitudinal studies. Professor Park stepped down as CLOSER Director at the end of 2018 to become the ESRC’s Director of Research.

Under Professor Park, CLOSER launched Discovery – a unique search platform that allows users to explore the content of eight longitudinal studies in unprecedented detail, opening up these invaluable data resources to the scientific community like never before. She also led the development of resources for new users, including the CLOSER Learning Hub, which introduces longitudinal studies to less experienced researchers and students.

Andria Zafirakou accepting the Global Teacher Prize award

Another member of the IOE community who received a New Year’s Honour was alumna Andria Zafirakou (PGCE Art and Design), who in 2018 was named the world’s best teacher. Mrs Zafirakou, who teaches at Alperton Community School in Brent, was awarded an MBE for services to education. 

UCL academics Professor Jonathan Montgomery (UCL Laws) and Professor Hugh Griffiths (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) received a knighthood for services to Bioethics and Healthcare Law and an OBE for services to Engineering respectively.

Andria Zafirakou will deliver the Global Teacher Prize lecture at the IOE on 7 January.

Media contact

Rowan Walker, UCL Media Relations 
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E: rowan.walker@ucl.ac.uk



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