Surrey

UCA vice chancellor Elaine Thomas in Honours list

Professor Elaine Thomas
Image caption Prof Thomas oversaw the creation of the University for the Creative Arts in 2008

The vice chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts has become a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Elaine Thomas was recognised for her services to the creative arts in higher education.

The university has more than 7,000 students at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

Prof Thomas said she was delighted that the valuable role the university plays in society had been recognised.

Prof Thomas, of Farnham, joined the former Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 2000.

She managed the merger of the University College with the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 2005.

In 2008, she oversaw the creation of the University for the Creative Arts.

Other recipients in the list include Christopher Denard, the head of trading standards at Surrey County Council, who becomes an MBE.

Also recognised was Michael Hughes, of Guildford, for services to legal education. He becomes an MBE.