Fellowship recognition for eminent academic

City of Glasgow College has awarded Dame Ruth Silver with an Honourary Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding commitment to education and widening access across the UK.

Founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership - a think tank dedicated to improving the leadership of thinking - Dame Ruth has achieved immense success over a diverse 30-year career.

An eminent academic, her roles have included child guidance, teaching and inspection, and the civil service. She also spent 17 years as Principal of Lewisham College in London – a beacon of innovation and excellence.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Dame Ruth is a highly respected and valued friend of City of Glasgow College. She is a fervent cheerleader for college education and a national champion of social mobility and widening access to higher education for everyone regardless of their background.

“She worked with Glasgow’s colleges in our post-merger realignment of curriculum offers and her ongoing support for our college is invaluable. We are indebted for her contribution to the advancement of our society, through policy development across skills, further education and training.

“It gave me great pleasure to confer the Honourary Fellowship on Dame Ruth Silver, on behalf of our College’s Board of Management.”

Dame Ruth writes and broadcasts extensively on educational matters. She was awarded a CBE in 1996 and received her Damehood in 2006 for services to further education.

She was presented with her Honourary Fellowship at the college’s winter Graduation ceremony held on Monday 26 November, for:

  • Her inspirational leadership in helping shape the City of Glasgow College’s Art Foundation and helping it realise its strategic direction and ambition
  • In recognition of her outstanding commitment to education and widening access across the United Kingdom
  • To acknowledge her tireless dedication to learners and services to Further Education in widening access and providing pioneering college governance
  • To express our gratitude for her contribution to the advancement of our society, through policy development across skills, further education and training.