Professor Rachel Cooper has received her OBE for services to education from HRH Princess Anne in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Professor Cooper is the Chair of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and Co-Director of ImaginationLancaster, a centre for research into products, places and systems for the future. She is currently on the EU Design and Innovation Initiative Leadership Board.
“I had a really great day at Buckingham Palace, there were so many interesting people receiving honours. My discussion with HRH Princess Anne was around what brought me to Lancaster University, of course it was the opportunity to develop LICA and start ImaginationLancaster, as well as it being a great university.”
Professor Cooper was among three people from Lancaster University given awards in the New Years Honours List. The others included retired secretary June Coulson for services to Higher Education, and technician Ian Miller for services to ultralow temperature physics.