Two leading figures from the IT industry have been
awarded honorary degrees by the University of
Karen Price OBE and Donald Yeates each received an Honorary
Degree of Doctor of Technology at a graduation ceremony yesterday.
(Wednesday, September 1 2010)
Karen Price is the Chief Executive Officer of e-skills UK, the
employer-led Sector Skills Council for Business and Information
Donald Yeates works as an Executive Coach and is a Visiting
Executive Fellow at Henley Business School.
The honours were presented by the University’s School of
Computing and Information Technology at Wolverhampton Grand
Following a wide-ranging career encompassing education, business
and a number of roles in IBM UK’s Corporate Affairs and Global
Services divisions, Karen Price was responsible for the mergers
which created e-skills UK. In 2009, under Karen’s leadership,
e-skills UK was rated ‘outstanding’ in the process to re-license
Sector Skills Councils.
Karen focuses e-skills UK on innovation in bringing together
employers and educators to ensure the UK has the IT skills it needs
to compete in the global economy. This includes, for example, work
in schools to transform the attitudes of young people towards IT,
the creation of new employer-led degree courses in response to the
changing nature of IT employment in the UK, and the development of
proposals for an industry-backed National Skills Academy for
Karen has been awarded an OBE for her services to the IT
Donald Yeates’ IT career began by programming in IBM Assembler.
He was involved in the management of the UK National Plan for
Systems Training and an IT training business, and went on to direct
the leadership development of a global IT services company.
He also wrote text, radio and TV materials for the Open
University, to broadcast on radio and TV, and to lead national
initiatives to enable unemployed young people and adults to find
work and develop computing and business careers. Additionally he
was an external examiner, advisor and visiting lecturer for the
Open University, City University, and the Universities of
Westminster and East London.
Donald is an honours graduate in Economics and a Chartered
Fellow of BCS. He was awarded an additional honorary fellowship in
1994 and given a lifetime achievement award by BCS in September
2009. He is the founding Chairman of the Information Systems
Publications include writing and editing 10 books on systems
analysis and design, project management and business analysis.
Note: Official graduation pictures of both honorary degree
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Date Issued: Thursday, 02 September 2010
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