MBE honour was 'a genuine shock' says college chief

DOCTOR Brian Hill, the man in charge of the Faculty of Engineering at the Northern Regional College's Newtownabbey campus, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to further education and training.

The Templepatrick man, who is Head of the School of Engineering and Science at NRC, found out just over a month ago that he would be receiving the honour, but admits it came as "a big shock."

"It was a genuine shock. There was some excitement when the letter from the Cabinet Office came through the door at the end of November, but I was sworn to secrecy so couldn't tell anyone about it," he revealed.

Dr Hill has responsibility for engineering courses at four different campuses - Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Coleraine and Magherafelt - and manages 48 lecturing staff and 21 technicians. He believes his MBE is recognition of the entire team's hard work and dedication over the years.

"It certainly is a big accolade, but I'm only part of a team that has been working together for quite some time, so I think this is partly for them too.

"I have no idea who nominated me. I presume it was through the college somewhere, but I have no idea at all."

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