Sheffield Hallam University’s Vice-Chancellor honoured by City and Guilds Fellowship

Sheffield Hallam University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, has been installed as a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute at a ceremony this week.

The City and Guilds of London Institute is a Royal Chartered Institute which exists to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. The Institute has been accrediting practical achievement for over one hundred years, and Fellowship is the highest honour which it confers.

To be considered for Fellowship, candidates must exemplify excellence by embodying the City & Guilds Group’s core values of leadership, imagination and integrity. Fellowship is then awarded to leaders and innovators who have had an impact on their industry or in skills development.

Sir Chris received the honour due to his ‘unswerving commitment to education and exceptional contribution to training and development.’

Having been presented with his Fellowship Diploma, Sir Chris said: “It is truly an honour to become a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. They are an institute whose belief in the transformative power of education for both students and society mirrors Sheffield Hallam’s own commitment to transforming lives and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds.”

Commenting at this years’ autumn Fellowship ceremony, Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the City and Guilds of London Institute said: “I am delighted to have Sir Chris Husbands joining our ranks today. To become a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute is to join a small, select group of the most outstanding skilled professionals around today.”

“The Award is made under the auspices of our Royal Charter and we have fewer than 500 Fellows, so this is indeed a very special honour. Congratulations to Chris – I know the City and Guilds of London Institute will benefit greatly from his skills and expertise.”

Sheffield Hallam is the most prominent university in the UK for driving improvements in education and championing opportunities for all. The University is a leader in widening access to higher education to people from all backgrounds.

In 2016/17, Sheffield Hallam admitted more students from neighbourhoods with historically low numbers going on to university than any other provider in the UK*. In addition, 41% of Sheffield Hallam students come from low income households and the student body is 96% state-educated (against a national average of 90%).