Vice-Chancellor named Woman of Achievement

Professor Christine King with Staffs graduate and KJD Trainee Solicitor, Zalena Vandrewala, who nominated Christine for the award.

The prestigious Vitalise Women of the Year Awards took place at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel recently, where the University’s Vice Chancellor was named the Woman of Achievement 2008.

Around 800 successful women attended the midlands based ceremony, now in its 26th year.  The ceremony honours women’s outstanding individual achievements in all professions, with the aim of providing positive role models to motivate and inspire other women to excel in their chosen fields.

Professor Christine King CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, was presented with the Woman of Achievement Award 2008 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Higher Education and lifelong learning.

She is an active and recognised champion of access, inclusion and diversity and is the chair of the West Midlands Higher Education Association.

As an academic, Christine has an international reputation, as a Professor of History with research interests in medieval and modern pilgrimage and the history of religion, especially the non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust. 

She is currently leading the Part-Time study in Higher Education on behalf of John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which will consider how the HE sector can respond to the ever increasing numbers of adults entering part-time education from home.

Professor King was nominated for the award by Zalena Vandrewala.  Zalena, who graduated from Staffordshire University with several qualifications in Law, was inspired by Christine during her student days to also become a successful woman.  She now works for KJD Solicitors, who invited Christine to join them at their table for the awards ceremony and were keen to support Zalena’s nomination for the award.

The award was presented by Arti Halai of ITV’s Central News.
Professor King said: “This award represents to me the achievement of so many women – my late mum, Elizabeth, left school at 14 but was passionate about social justice.  All my students, my many women colleagues and my friends, I have accepted the award on their behalf!”


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