Honorary graduates

2008

Sir Michael Barber

Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his leading contribution to reforms aimed at the modernisation of public management and services over the last 20 years, both nationally and internationally, as an area of expertise explicitly identified in the University's strategic plan.

Sir Michael Barber

Sir Michael has been at the forefront of the drive to modernise government and public services, especially education, over the last 20 years. Prior to his government role, he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and a prolific author on educational themes.

Between 1997 and 2001 he was Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on school standards, driving forward an ambitious shcool reform programme, including intiatives to tackle school failure at all levels and contract out failing local education authorities. In 2001 he moved to lead the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, implementing priority programmes in health, education, transport, policing, the criminal justice system, asylum and immigration.

In this role Sir Michael worked closely with ministers and top officials to ensure that the policies, systems and processes put in place would deliver the promised outcomes. The approaches to delivery that he developed are widely seen as constructive and innovative. His book about his experiences in government - Instruction to Deliver - was published last year to widespread acclaim.

Sir Michael joined McKinsey Consulting in 2005, where he is Expert Partner in its Global Public Sector Practice and heads up its emerging Global Education Practice.

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