• 21 June 2024

Congratulations to Professor Noel Purdy OBE

Colleagues within the Church of Ireland have congratulated Professor Noel Purdy OBE on the acknowledgement of his services to education in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Purdy is Director of Research and Scholarship at Stranmillis University College, and a member of the Board of Education (Northern Ireland), the Advisory Council to the Church of Ireland Centre at Dublin City University’s Institute of Education, and the Governing Council of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI). He is a parishioner of Willowfield Church in East Belfast.

Dr Peter Hamill, Secretary to the Board of Education (Northern Ireland), remarked: “We are privileged to have the wisdom and knowledge of Professor Noel Purdy OBE on the Board of Education.  This is a thoroughly deserved award.”

The Revd Canon Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of CITI, added: “We have been delighted to learn of this very significant honour for our Council member, Professor Noel Purdy.  In his capacity as Educational Adviser, Professor Purdy brings a genuine depth of insight, experience and wisdom to his role on our behalf.  His professionalism is matched by his commitment to pastoral care towards both staff and students.  Many sincere congratulations!”

The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, as Chair of the Board of Education and the Advisory Council, has added his own congratulations to those of Professor Purdy’s many friends and colleagues.  Archbishop McDowell commented: “Noel is a consummate scholar who has also an understanding of the needs of the whole person – teachers and pupils – and who brings deep humanity as well as deep learning to his many vocations in education.”