Education advocate Lorna Cocking has been presented with a Middlesex University honorary doctorate in recognition of her contribution to education.
Lorna is Chairman of the Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the largest educational charity in the UK and a member of Board of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. She is also a Pro-Chancellor at Middlesex University and was the first woman Chair of the Board (2003-10), serving ten years as a governor.
Lorna was a member of the CBI Education and Training Council and during 17 years at Pearson Education, she was UK Schools Publishing Director and Education Director.
Her professional life has spanned education and included teaching, advisory, commissioning and publishing work. She served on two task forces on post-16 education, was a member of the Board of the British Education Technology and Communications Authority between 1997 and 2004 and was Chair of the Board of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture between 2002 and 2004.
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Lorna is a long-time friend of Middlesex University who has made a huge contribution to this institution and to learning across the UK. As someone with vast experience of both teaching at the front line and making key strategic decisions, her knowledge of education is second to none.”
Lorna collected her honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University's Hendon Campus (North London) on 22 July.
The award was made during the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.