13 May 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University has celebrated one of today's most successful cricketers in the country by awarding Charlotte Edwards an Honorary Fellowship.
Charlotte Edwards MBE, is the most capped One Day International player in the history of women’s cricket and its leading runs scorer.
Currently playing for Kent, she has captained England to two Ashes wins, the ’50 Over World Cup’ and the ‘World Twenty/20 Championships’. In 2008 Charlotte was awarded the highest individual honour a player can achieve, when she became the ICC Women’s World Player of the Year.
Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “We are very proud to welcome Charlotte as a Christ Church Honorary Fellow. Her astonishing achievements in cricket are an inspiration to us all, particularly as our University is a prominent supporter of sport and sports-related research.
“It is with great pleasure that we celebrate Charlotte’s success and contribution to international sport. Over the last 14 years, Charlotte has proven that she is one of the most outstanding players and finest cricket captains the country has produced.
Charlotte said:” It is a real honour to be awarded the Honorary Fellowship from the Canterbury Christ Church University. I'm delighted to be recognised by the University in this way.
“I am also pleased that Christ Church continues to develop its expertise in Sport and Exercise Science, as this is an area of research that has an ever increasing influence on the development of top level sport - including cricket.”
Charlotte received her Honorary Fellowship at the University’s Graduation Ceremony last week. Also attending the ceremony was former MP for Maidstone and the Weald, and Christ Church Honorary Fellow, Ann Widdecombe.
Ann was conferred as an Honorary Fellow in January 2009.
Notes to Editor
Charlotte first picked up a cricket bat at the age of four.
At the age of 31, she is now one of the most successful sportspeople in the country and most capped female cricket player in the history of women’s cricket, scoring a record 3,037 runs in 99 one day internationals.
Charlotte’s dedication, commitment and success were recognised when awarded a MBE in the Honours List in 2009 for her services to cricket.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.