Alumni News

10th January, 2022

Susan Honoured with MBE

Our congratulations to Early Childhood Studies graduate, Susan Jones, who has been awarded an MBE. Susan received her Honour from Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, at a ceremony in Windsor Castle in November in recognition of her services to Pre-School Education and Integrated Education in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland.
Susan was part of the first cohort of students to undertake the ’new’ BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree at Stranmillis, graduating in 2000. Susan then completed the PGCE (Early Years) at Stranmillis and, since then, has taught in several primary schools and is currently Head of Nursery Education at Fort Hill Integrated Primary School, Lisburn.  Commenting on her Award, Susan said:
“I am very humbled to have received this amazing honour. It is a celebration of Early Years education, and of everyone who was involved with the vision of developing the ECS degree”.
“Our ECS graduates’ accomplishments never cease to amaze me!” says Sheelagh Carville, Head of Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis. “Susan is the epitome of professionalism. The ECS team are proud that they can claim some small part in all of the wonderful achievements in her career.”
Stranmillis currently offers the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies as a full-time or part-time programme, and a Foundation Degree in conjunction with the Regional Colleges. The College also offers the MA Early Childhood Studies and the PGCE Early Years.



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