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AGCAS past president awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List

09 October 2020

AGCAS past president, Eluned Jones, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to career development in higher education.

As AGCAS President from 2014-2016, Eluned demonstrated her commitment to the value and potential of the HE careers profession by leading significant changes to the culture of the Association, which has strengthened our professional community and national representation.

Recognising the importance of leadership and management development to the success of the profession, Eluned initiated and co-delivered the first AGCAS careers service leadership course, which has now run for over five years.

I am hugely honoured by this award and would like to thank my many AGCAS friends and colleagues whose support I have valued so very much over the years.

Eluned has over 25 years' experience managing UK university careers services. After twelve years at Bangor University, Eluned joined the University of Birmingham in 2007 where she led the implementation of the first 'hub and spoke' model of careers and employability delivery in the UK, which embeds careers provision into an institution's academic programmes.

Eluned's strong international profile, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, is one of the key reasons why other countries see the UK as the world leader in careers and employability delivery.

Eluned was a recipient of the AGCAS Significant Influence Award in 2019. She left the University of Birmingham in January 2020 to expand her consultancy work.

Elaine Boyes, AGCAS Executive Director, said: "We are delighted that Eluned’s commitment to developing and improving how we support the employability of students and graduates, and her leadership of the profession, has been recognised at this level. She is a true role model to her colleagues".