20th January 2006




The former Director of Education at Lincolnshire County Council is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln next week.


Dr Cheryle Berry will join around 180 postgraduate students who will graduate at Lincoln Cathedral on Wednesday 25th January.


Dr Berry, who is also a former member of the Board of Governors at the university,  is to receive an honorary Doctorate of Arts for her services to education.


Dr Berry began her career in teaching in 1971 and from 1984 to 1989 she was headteacher at Gleed Girls’ School in Spalding.


From 1989 until 1998 she was headteacher at High Storrs School in Sheffield, and in 2000 she joined Lincolnshire County Council as Director of Education and Cultural Services having previously been Corporate Director of Education and Leisure in Middlesbrough.


She has been chairman of the Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership, a board member of the Lincolnshire and Rutland Learning and Skills Council and a board member of Connexions Lincolnshire and Rutland.


She was the innovator behind the setting up of the first Rural Academy in England, launched in October 2001, which promotes lifelong learning using 21st-century technology to link schools, colleges and universities in the South Holland district.


She also started the first Coastal Academy in England using similar principles to cover East Lindsey and Boston districts. The Gainsborough Academy was launched in 2004.


She is now interim Corporate Director for improvement management at Lincolnshire County Council.


The awards ceremony will take place at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 25th January 2006. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.


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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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