NEC Chief Executive Ros Morpeth shortlisted as TES FE Leader of the Year 2014

NEC Chief Executive Ros Morpeth shortlisted as TES FE Leader of the Year 2014

TES FE Awards 2014 - Shortlisted FE Leader of the Year

In 2013 we celebrated NEC’s 50th anniversary. The year ended on a particularly high note when, just before Christmas, we received the exciting news that Ros Morpeth, NEC Chief Executive, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Educational Supplement FE Leader of the Year Award 2014.

The 2014 awards are the third annual TES FE Awards, and 'recognise the dedication and expertise of the people who, on a daily basis make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners.’ The names of the winners in all twelve award categories will be announced on 28 February. The FE Leader of the Year award is aimed at recognising the best FE Leader in the UK.  The nomination of Ros for the award was made by Dr Peter Lavender, Academic Co-ordinator, Open University and a Trustee of NEC. Here are just a few of the many messages of support for the nomination he received from across the adult learning and skills sector and beyond:

Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning

‘When we think of FE leaders, our thoughts tend to turn to the Principals of large, high-profile, general FE Colleges. But FE is a much richer and more varied sector than this would suggest, and the TES FE Awards offer a chance to reflect the richness, variety and versatility of the sector. I am writing to support the nomination as FE Leader of the Year of someone who has contributed greatly to the sector over the years, and achieved outstanding success in the past year on behalf of learners who would otherwise have few opportunities to study.’

Alan Tait, Professor of Distance Education and Development, Open University

‘Dr Ros Morpeth has demonstrated leadership of an extraordinary kind in her rescuing the National Extension College from closure. She has in the face of the most difficult situation shown vision and courage in order to protect the interests of students in the middle of their programmes of study, who would otherwise have been left high and dry....Dr Morpeth stands out in today's world as an outstanding educational leader, and I would like to see that recognised with this award.’

Josh Hillman, Director of Education, Nuffield Foundation and NEC Trustee, 2000-2003

‘Over the past 50 years...the National Extension College has been a pioneering force in distance learning in sub-degree and vocational areas, reaching swathes of students effectively excluded from mainstream provision. Ros is particularly deserving (of the Award) for the immense contribution she has made this year, and in the two previous years, coming out of retirement to rescue the NEC from receivership. Without her personal commitment to those students who are hardest to reach, and without her personal drive and determination, the NEC would no longer exist.’

You can read more about the awards, and view the full list of awards categories and nominees, at the website linked below. The winners for this year's awards will be announced on Friday 28th February.