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City Lit student Frank Harris recognised in 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours

Story added 21st Jun 2017

Frank Harris with HRH Princess Anne, previously receiving his National Learning Ambassador award.

A former City Lit student has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Frank Harris, a previous winner at the Festival of Learning Awards (formerly Adult Learner's Week), has been awarded the British Empire Medal, for his outstanding service to adult education and skills.

The award recognises his longstanding commitment to lifelong learning and self-improvement, after overcoming a challenging start in life. 

Frank joined City Lit's European Social Fund (ESF) Move Project after spending a number of years in and out of prison. This project helped learners with a history of homelessness to bring much-needed stability to their lives and improve their employment prospects. Frank subsequently went on to complete a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London, and has now become a leading champion of adult education courses, regularly speaking about his own experiences and his thoughts on the benefits of learning for adults.

Wendy McKaig, Assistant Principal at City Lit, said:

"Frank was an exceptional student. He was completely committed to his own progress and achievement, but also to other learners in his group. He was always there to encourage and support them and when others were having a crisis of confidence he would motivate them to keep going. We are delighted that his passion and belief in the value of adult learning has been recognised in this way. Well done Frank.”