4th January 2010, 10:59am  (updated 5th January 2010, 9:28am)
New Year Honours celebrations for University of Lincoln
Professor Val Braybrooks It was a double celebration for the University of Lincoln at the start of 2010 as two people who have been instrumental in building the institution were recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Professor David Chiddick, founding Vice Chancellor who retired in October this year, received the CBE in recognition of his services to local and national higher education. Professor Val Braybrooks, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Animal Sciences, received the MBE for services to education and the food industry.

Professor Chiddick spent 30 years in higher education as an academic and practitioner in urban regeneration, with almost a decade at the helm of Lincoln.

He is the man credited with turning round the fortunes of the struggling University when he took charge of its previous incarnation, the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, in 2000.

He said: "This honour comes as something of a shock, but I am delighted and my family is very proud. However, it is very much recognition of the enormous contribution to the development of the University of Lincoln by the staff, governors and students and our many friends and partners."

Professor Val Braybrooks' career in teaching and management for the food and agricultural industries spans 30 years and she is widely credited with revitalising and raising the standards of Lincolnshire’s educational provision in these areas.

She led the development of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, a unique employer and public sector partnership which has seen the transformation of the Holbeach Campus into a major national resource.
With food manufacturing worth £2.5 billion to the economy of South Lincolnshire, the resulting specialist centre for skills training and research is a major asset to businesses and more than 200 businesses use the campus to develop the skills of their workforce.

Professor Braybrooks said: "I am proud and thrilled to receive this honour, and delighted that education in the food manufacturing and agricultural industries has been recognised in this way."
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