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The principal of Southend Adult Community College, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Ros Parker, has been awarded an OBE for her substantial impact to services to adult education and the community in Southend.
Ros has been recognised for her leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly, how she spearheaded the rapid shift the college made to online learning which kept local people connected and enabled them to continue learning, albeit in a new way.
During the college closure in the first national lockdown Ros and her team re-purposed the college in an attempt to provide additional capacity to local organisations. The college staff prepared and delivered more than 4,500 meals to the homeless and young people in need.
Creating a safe environment for students and staff to return to was of upmost importance and Southend Adult Community College was amongst the few adult community education colleges to re-open in the UK during the unprecedented times.
Ros said: “I feel honoured and humbled, but above all I feel this award reflects a story of hope and opportunity created through local adult education.”