Search

NewVIc principal receives honorary doctorate of education from UEL

PUBLISHED: 12:35 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 02 November 2017

Eddie Playfair receiving his honorary doctorate Picture: David Harrison

Eddie Playfair receiving his honorary doctorate Picture: David Harrison

David Harrison mail@davidharrison.info

A Plaistow college principal has been recognised for his work with an honorary doctorate in education from the University of East London.

Eddie Playfair, who is in charge of Newham Sixth Form College, or NewVIc, said he was “deeply honoured” to receive the award.

“It’s coming from a great east London institution,” he said. “This is a university that’s deeply rooted in its community.

“It reflects and celebrates that community while also having a national and global reach.”

Mr Playfair, who grew up in London, started his career as a science teacher at a secondary school in Walthamstow.

He moved into further education in 1996 when he became head of science at Tower Hamlets College, and was appointed principal of NewVIc in 2008.

Mr Playfair said he hopes that he’s helped create a culture of ambition, achievement and inclusivity at the Prince Regent Lane college which, with 2,500 students, is one the largest sixth forms in the country.

This year, it saw 72 of its students progress to study at UEL.

The former Waltham Forest councillor, who served between 1986 and 1990, has a keen interest in politics and is a former chair of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association.

He told students graduating at indigo at the O2: ““On occasions like this it’s a moment to be proud. So be proud of what you have achieved. Be proud of your culture, your family, your language, your beliefs, your educational achievements, your wider achievements.

“Be proud of everything you’ve done, everything you’ve achieved so far. But don’t stop there. Become what you’re capable of becoming, which is so much more.”

Related articles

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 20:48

County Championship, day one: Essex (yet to bat) trail Nottinghamshire (311-6) by 311 runs

Yesterday, 17:30

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews match one on day seven of the tournament.

France
Yesterday, 17:00

Kingsford Community School’s year seven boys’ football team completed a superb quadruple by lifting the London Cup on Monday, writes Lee Power.

Yesterday, 15:51

NBA returns to the capital for a ninth regular-season game

Yesterday, 15:00

The former Jamaica international has played against Panama twice and knows they can be a tough opponent on their day

Jobi McAnuff
Yesterday, 14:30

Old Loughtonians are hosting the Tom Wilson Memorial Tournament on Saturday, two days ahead of what would have been his 25th birthday.

Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre
Yesterday, 17:46

Detectives have released harrowing CCTV footage which shows a woman being murdered by her jealous ex-boyfriend who was jailed for life today.

Yesterday, 15:26

A woman has died after being knocked down by a bus in Stratford High Street.

London

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now