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15 June 2017 /

Former Cambridge University Press Syndic given Lifetime Achievement Award

Cambridge University Press would like to congratulate Professor Ronald Carter, until very recently a Press Syndic, member of its Operating Board and chair of its Education and ELT Publishing Committee, on being awarded the 2017 British Council’s 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for his work in ELT and applied linguistics.

The British Council announced Professor Carter as the winner at the annual ELTons awards ceremony in London yesterday (Wednesday, 14 June 2017). The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ is given to ELT professionals who have made a substantial contribution to the sector throughout their career. It is supported by ELT teachers and associations as well the British international education publishing industry. 

Professor Carter has worked at Nottingham University since 1979 and has been Director of the Centre for English Language Education and Head of the School of English, as well as having a lectureship at the University of Cambridge. He has written, co-authored, edited and co-edited over forty books and over one hundred articles.

After a 10-year research programme with Cambridge University Press involving the development and analysis of huge corpus databases of spoken and written English, Professor Carter co-authored The Cambridge Grammar of English in 2006, which won the 2007 British Council’s ‘English Language Innovation Award’.

Professor Carter has also been involved in a number of knowledge exchange projects with Cambridge University Press, two of them funded by major UK research councils, developing corpus-informed materials for English language, grammar and dictionary development for on-line/mobile learning and a project aligning databases of e-language with the Cambridge English Corpus. 

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive at Cambridge University Press, said: ‘Ron has played a critical role in the growth of ELT at the Press over the past 20 years. He has written six important titles for us and has been a central part in ensuring all of our learning materials meet high standards. Ron’s done a huge amount not just for Cambridge but for the industry as a whole and I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to him for this really well-deserved award.’    


For further information, please contact Katie Phoenix 01223 325166 

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