OBE birthday honour for university business boss

Professor Jane Turner
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Professor Jane Turner, who heads up Teesside University’s business and enterprise agenda, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.

Professor Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) has received the OBE for her outstanding services to business engagement.

Honours are awarded for significant achievements and success to mark the Queen’s official birthday in June each year.

Later this year, Professor Turner will be invited to Buckingham Palace to officially receive her OBE.

Professor Turner joined Teesside University in November 2015 and is responsible for enterprise, knowledge transfer and business engagement. She leads on student and graduate start-ups, strategic partnerships and the employability agenda.

Under Professor Turner’s stewardship, Teesside is the only institution in the North East of England to have been commended by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for its Knowledge Exchange strategy.

Professor Turner has also helped to embed a string of ground-breaking new home building courses in partnership with renowned architect George Clarke and is driving forward plans for the £22m National Horizons Centre, scheduled to open in Darlington in 2019.

Professor Turner has also been listed as one of the region’s top 25 most influential women in business and has been championed for her work to promote gender balance.

Before joining Teesside University, she worked at Northumbria University where she held the position of Associate Dean (Business and Engagement) in the Faculty of Business and Law.

An experienced Executive Coach with a Doctorate in Business Leadership, Professor Turner has a background in Human Resources and Leadership Development and worked as a Leadership Specialist at Orange and Head of HR at Benfield Motor Group, before moving into higher education.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be honoured in this way. It is a testament of all the hard work and dedication of my colleagues at Teesside University who have shown a commitment and desire to embed our business engagement agenda.

“Working with businesses and providing our talented students and graduates with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become the business leaders of the future is something I am extremely passionate about.

“Teesside University has enjoyed some incredible success and is continually investing to create a world-class student and learning experience – I am extremely proud to play a part in that.”

Professor Paul Croney, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Teesside University, added: “Jane has made a huge impact during her time here.

“Her ambition to help scale-up companies in the Tees Valley and deliver the University’s business engagement agenda is making a significant contribution to the regional economy and positioning the University as an anchor institution for business facing activity.”


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