Professor Leni’s award for services to education

Professor Leni Oglesby, OBE.
Professor Leni Oglesby, OBE.

As the Broomhill Festival draws towards a close, one of its guiding hands has extra reason to remember this year’s event.

For it coincided with her being awarded the OBE.

It’s in recognition for Prof Leni Oglesby of services to higher education, specifically her involvement in Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales and a long career in academic and senior management posts at the universities of Leicester, Sheffield, Lancaster, Surrey, and Teesside.

Prof Oglesby has wide experience of international, European, national and regional agencies, including presidency of the European Bureau for Adult Education, the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, work with the Quality Assurance Agency and HEFCE Centres for excellence in learning and teaching. She is currently a member of Council of the HEFC for Wales.

Locally, though, she is known for her contribution to community life, chairing the Broomhill Forum and a member of the planning group for the Broomhill Festival.

Prof Oglesby, aged 69, said of the OBE: “I am very surprised, but also very pleased that the work which I have undertaken for years to promote the cause of part-time and mature students in higher education has been recognised in this way.

“I believe very strongly in investing in people and communities because that is a more sure way to make secure and enduring improvements to societies.”

l Keith Birkitt, a volunteer with Buxton Moutain Rescue Team volunteer, receives the BEM.