Professor Stephen Ward, Dean of the School of Education at Bath Spa University has been awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. The title is conferred upon individuals who are already a Professor and have achieved outstanding success throughout the course of their career.
Professor Ward has worked at the University for over 30 years having joined the Bath College of Higher Education in 1980. He was responsible for developing the field of Education Studies and having been made Dean of the School of Education in 2006, went on to lead the School to an outstanding OFSETD ranking. Bath Spa University is now a pre-eminent provider of education and teaching degrees in the UK. The Emeritus Professorship means that Professor Ward will continue to work closely with the University, supervising PhD students and giving guest lectures. He is the first Professor in the University's history to be made an Emeritus.
Speaking about his Emeritus Professorship, he said: "I'm delighted to be honoured with an Emeritus Professorship. The decision to retire was difficult and this role will allow me to continue to be part of a University I have seen evolve over time, growing from a teacher training college into a leading higher education institution.
"I am proud to have worked with excellent colleagues and students and pleased I will continue to hear about all their successful endeavours. This is a wonderful place to live and work and I am very grateful for 32 happy years."
Professor Ward is retiring from the University at the end of this academic year. He will be formally announced as Professor Emeritus at the University's graduation ceremony on Friday 20 July by Vice-Chancellor Christina Slade who said: "Professor Ward has been an exceptional member of Bath Spa University for over 30 years. His dedication has resulted in Bath Spa becoming one of the best places in the UK for teacher training and education courses. His role as Professor Emeritus will ensure he continues to be an inspiration to our staff and students in years to come."