Student from BNU’s School of Aviation and Security recognised in New Year’s Honours for second year running

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Date: 28th Jan 2021

For the second year running, a Buckinghamshire New University student has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Alum of the BA (Hons) Organisational Capability Development course, Richard Wardlow, said:

“Over the last three years, I have been lucky enough to be posted out to Cyprus, working at RAF Akrotiri. Whilst there I had the opportunity to undertake a new varied role looking at Information Security and the installation and setup of a completely new bespoke Local Area Network into the unit.

“This was a great challenge for me both logistical and technically, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I was also able to utilise the knowledge I had acquired through my studies on the Organisational Capability Development Degree at Buckinghamshire New University, which allowed me to thrive in this new role and progress it to the next level for my replacement to further build on, upon my eventual to return the UK.

“I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated let alone awarded such an honour and would like to especially thank my family and colleagues for their continued support. The purpose of the Honours system is to thank recipients for their services to the community and to encourage others to serve our country. I hope my award will have that effect on people who may know me also.”

Wayne Palmer, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, commented: “It is wonderful to see Richard receive this well-deserved award for his work in the Royal Air Force.

"It is good to see such great calibre students on the BA(Hons) Organisational Capability Development course. We also congratulated Gary Croot, an alumnus of the course, who was awarded an MBE last year.”

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