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University of Suffolk vice-chancellor Helen Langton collects MBE for contribution to education, health service provision and community engagement





A university vice-chancellor has been to Buckingham Palace to receive their MBE from the Princess Royal.

Professor Helen Langton, University of Suffolk’s vice-chancellor, was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her contribution to education, health service provision and community engagement.

Accompanying her to London was her husband, Dr Andrew Langton and their sons, Sam and Jed.

The University of Suffolk’s vice-chancellor, Professor Helen Langton MBE, has been to Buckingham Palace to receive her award. Picture: Supplied by University of Suffolk
The University of Suffolk’s vice-chancellor, Professor Helen Langton MBE, has been to Buckingham Palace to receive her award. Picture: Supplied by University of Suffolk

Reflecting on the day, she said she had enjoyed every minute and praised her colleagues over the years.

“It was a truly memorable and amazing day, made possible by all the people in all the teams I have work with, and I thank them.”

Professor Langton has been a registered nurse for 40 years and has worked in higher education for 30 years, joining the University of Suffolk in 2018.

During her time at the university, she has been a driving force in forging vital partnerships that increase education, economic and wellbeing opportunities for the regional community, with a strong focus on social mobility and inclusion.

Ian Ailles, chair of the University of Suffolk Board, said: “Everyone at the University of Suffolk congratulates Helen on her MBE.

“I, personally, would like to thank her for all her hard work here over the years and her dedication to the university.”

Professor Langton is retiring and stepping down as vice-chancellor at the University of Suffolk in April.