A UNIVERSITY academic has been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Professor Ewan Clayton (pictured) was awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution and services to the community.
The University of Sunderland calligrapher was recognised for his work with charities, which include the Heritage Crafts Association, and the Koestler Awards, which aim to foster creativity and the arts in prisons.
The honour follows previous recognition in 2013 after he was named the Crafts Champion of the year in the first National Craft Skills Awards for his work in education others, and the launch of his highly-acclaimed book The Golden Thread – The Story of Writing.
“It’s a great feeling to be recognised, not just for myself, but for the charities I work for, and it is the recognition they deserve,” he said.
“I’ve been doing work at the various charities for a long time and I was very pleased for all of them.The notice of the honour came in the post and I had no idea what it could be when I saw it was from the Queen.
“I couldn’t believe it, but it does give you a great feeling of confidence afterwards when it has sunk in.
“I will be going down to London for a day in the coming months, and I’m sure it will be a great day with the family at Buckingham Palace and an honour, if not a bit daunting. It will be lovely to share it with them.”