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Tuesday 11 March 2014

Vice-Chancellor Professor Van Gore awarded CBE

Southampton Solent University Vice-Chancellor Professor Van Gore was awarded the honour of a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday 7 March 2014.

Professor Gore received his title for services to higher education. He helped to gain university status for Solent in 2005 and led the institution through its formative years to forge a new and distinctive kind of university.

Professor Gore said: “It was a great honour to receive my award from Her Majesty and a real pleasure to meet the other recipients, two of whom, it turned out, had children who had recently graduated successfully from Solent University.”

I was delighted to receive this award on behalf of everyone at Southampton Solent University. Their creativity, hard work and enthusiasm have played a huge part in the success of our institution.”

The University has become known for its creative approach to the curriculum and, in particular, for its commitment to real world learning and a special student experience.

Professor Gore has also been instrumental in forging a closer relationship with the city of Southampton, employers and the wider community.  He is a member of Southampton Connect – a group of key public, private and voluntary organisation leaders, working collaboratively to further the growth and success of Southampton, and is also actively involved with the Local Economic Partnership for the Solent region.

Always looking at building on the University’s success and investing for the future, Professor Gore is delighted with the progress on what will eventually be a stunning multi million pound development to transform Solent’s city centre campus. The first phase is already under way and will see the completion of a new £30 million teaching and learning centre in 2015.

Professor Van Gore joined Southampton Institute in Summer 2001 as Vice Principal, Academic and was appointed Senior Vice Principal in September 2003. He became the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in July 2005 when Southampton Institute became Southampton Solent University, and was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University with effect from 1 August 2007.

Being the first in his family to go to university, Van is a strong supporter of social justice and has campaigned to sustain and extend the inclusivity and diversity of the higher education system. Social justice is part of the University’s Mission. A large proportion of Solent’s undergraduates are ‘first in family’ to enter higher education, and almost all are from state schools.

He is an historian, with a History and Politics first degree and then master’s in Modern British Politics from Sheffield University. He became Head of Humanities and Communication Studies and Special Policy Advisor on Quality and Standards to the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University. He first moved to Sheffield as a lecturer in modern European political history after postgraduate research in social history at the University of Warwick. He later developed an interest in quality management, working as a consultant and QAA auditor in the HE sector here and overseas.

Van is currently a member of the Executive of GuildHE.  He helped to create the Southampton Skills Development Zone and is also the Higher Education Member of Southampton Connect, which is a group of leaders of key public, private and voluntary organisations, working collaboratively to further the growth and success of Southampton.  He chaired the Hampshire & IOW lifelong learning network from 2006-2010. He was chair of HE European Funding Service (HEEFS) from 2009-2011 and is currently a director of Laser Learning Awards (the successor to OCNSR, The Open College Network South East Region).