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UCLan staff rewarded in Queen’s birthday honours list

18 June 2013

Chris Theobald

Recognition for Christine Edwards and Matt Horn

Pictured left: Christine Edwards

Below: Matt Horn receives the Guangdong International Friendship Award last year

Two members of staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Christine Edwards, UCLan’s Safety, Health & Environment Manager, received an MBE for services to higher education while Matt Horn, journalist and journalism lecturer at UCLan and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), also received an MBE for services to the development of journalism and for his charitable work in China.

Commenting on her recognition Christine said: “I have been honoured to work at the University for the past 25 years and am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to be receiving this award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family, friends and colleagues for their support, especially my husband Peter.”

Matt was hosting an event in China when he heard the news.

“I have been honoured to work at the University for the past 25 years and am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to be receiving this award.”

“It was actually announced here in China on Saturday afternoon by the UK Consul General Alastair Morgan at a British Day event that I was hosting,” he said. “Needless to say the award is one of the biggest surprises of my life and a fantastic honour. Many people have said some very kind things since hearing the news and I am grateful for them all.

“To be given an award for doing something you love, well for once I was rendered speechless. I would never have had this honour if it were not for the fact that my wife, Alison Roberts, came out here to work for UCLan more than ten years ago. Her brave decision to take up the massive challenge out here changed both our lives and I could not have done it without her.”

Christine began her career at Lancashire Polytechnic in 1988 as a Senior Technical Officer based in the Faculty of Science. Her work at this time was primarily in the fields of physics, astronomy and radiobiology, specialising in radiological protection and progressed to become the University's Radiation Protection Officer.

“Needless to say the award is one of the biggest surprises of my life and a fantastic honour. Many people have said some very kind things since hearing the news and I am grateful for them all.”

Over the past 25 years, her career at the University has progressed and she now successfully manages a dynamic team of professional health, safety and environmental advisers and support staff, providing leadership, guidance and support on a wide range of health, safety and environmental issues.

Matt, who has a home in Preston, trained as a journalist at UCLan and worked as a sportswriter in regional papers across the UK including the Western Daily Press, Yorkshire Evening Post and Lancashire Evening Telegraph. As well teaching in China he works for Guangzhou TV and hosts the radio show My Guangdong on Radio Guangdong.

Matt was involved in setting up UCLan’s International Journalism franchise degree from the Chinese side and was then appointed as the first in country course leader. Last year Matt received the prestigious Guangdong International Friendship Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of the province and he is also the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from UCLan.