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Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 15:26 GMT
Woodhead turns professor
Chris Woodhead
Mr Woodhead once said thousands of teachers were incompetent
The controversial former chief inspector of schools in England, Chris Woodhead, has become a professor.

Mr Woodhead has been given a research professor post at the UK's only private university, the University of Buckingham.

This is a great honour

Chris Woodhead
In November 2000, Sir Denis Thatcher was awarded an honorary degree by the university for being an "English gentleman".

Mr Woodhead resigned from Ofsted in 2000 to work as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph - much to the glee of the teachers' unions.

Speaking about his new position, he said: "This is a great honour."

"I have always admired the University of Buckingham as a genuinely innovative institution and I greatly look forward to working with colleagues to examine ways in which state involvement in education can be radically reduced."

Vice-chancellor of Buckingham, Terence Kealey, said Mr Woodhead was a "giant among educationalists".

"He has done more to raise standards for all in Britain than any person in living memory," said Dr Kealey.

"Like us here in Buckingham he believes that the greatest barrier to raising standards further is the state, and we are thrilled that he has chosen us as his base.

"His current studies in education will revolutionise the field and will spread from Buckingham to fertilise the schools and universities of the world," he said.

'Little surprise'

Assistant general secretary of the Association of University Teachers Sally Hunt said: "It comes as very little surprise, as someone who spent so much of his later career running down state education and attacking 'mickey mouse' courses, that Chris Woodhead has accepted a post at the UK's only private university."

"His ideas are more suited to the shock values of a radio phone-in show than an institution of learning," she said.

"I sincerely hope that in future he devotes himself to private study rather than continuing to interfere in the dedicated and professional work of UK teachers."

See also:

02 Nov 00 | Education
The man teachers love to hate
02 Nov 00 | Education
Schools watchdog Woodhead resigns
01 Nov 00 | Education
Woodhead spars with MPs
04 Sep 00 | Education
Woodhead wants harder A-levels
10 Nov 00 | Education
Honorary degree for Sir Denis
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