27th November 2003



An institute at the University of Lincoln has become the first UK member of a prestigious North American association.


The International Institute for Education Leadership (IIEL) has joined the University Council for Educational Administration, a highly regarded professional association for top doctoral awarding bodies in educational leadership. 


The IIEL offers a range of postgraduate courses for head teachers and school managers.


“This award recognises that Lincoln can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world in education leadership and learning,” said Fergus O’Sullivan, Director of the International Institute of Educational Leadership.


Membership of the UCEA is achieved after a detailed and rigorous process which involves an extensive membership application, a site inspection by a council member and a number of reviews and votes in the council business of the UCEA.


“Although this was an onerous task, it was made easier by the presence of documentation from recent quality reviews where the institute and the university have been awarded the highest level of excellence,” Mr O’Sullivan explained.


“The institute owes a great debt to Professor Angela Thody, who was responsible for drawing together the successful application.”


Professor Thody retired from academic life this summer but was pleased to attend the annual meeting of the UCEA in November along with Mr O’Sullivan and Dr Marianne Hvizdak, senior lecturer in Education Leadership.


The institute has also received a well respected accolade for its innovative training for school managers.  The National College for School Leadership (NCSL) Certificate for School Business Managers course, for which the institute helped develop the content and provided consultancy, tutors and administration, won the Blended Solution of the Year award presented at the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition.


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