University of Portsmouth researcher honoured with MBE

Dr Simon Edwards with MBE
Dr Simon Edwards with MBE

University of Portsmouth researcher, Dr Simon Edwards, has received an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle.

He was awarded the accolade in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to youth work and education.

Dr Edwards MBE has spent many years working with young people who have been involved in crime, who have been excluded from school or who have struggled generally within education. His research at the university has focused on pupils who no longer attend mainstream education and the implementation of strategies to try and re-engage students with their learning.

Dr Edwards MBE said: ‘After a few tense days worrying about whether I'd make a fool of myself by tripping up or saying something daft to whoever presented the award to me, this was heightened when I was told an hour before the ceremony that Her Majesty the Queen would be presenting me with my MBE. She put me at ease immediately as she stepped forward and pinned the MBE on a hook placed on my jacket chest. My wife and two daughters said it was like a fairy tale. It was a sublime moment and one my family and I will cherish.’