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The Educators Guild granted Worshipful Status

Guild co-founded by former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Raoul Franklin CBE

The Educators Guild, the City of London's forum for senior representatives across the education sector, has recently been granted livery status. Now known as The Worshipful Company of Educators, one of the co-founders is City University London's former Vice-Chancellor Professor Raoul Franklin CBE.

Professor Franklin is City's longest serving Vice-Chancellor (1978 -1998), and upon his retirement became Foundation Master for The Guild of Educators. The Guild was founded in May 2001, granted Company status in September 2009 and finally Worshipful status in September this year.

Professor Franklin said:

"During my time as Vice-Chancellor working so closely with the City of London it became recognised that, while all livery companies were concerned with education within their trades or professions, none was concerned with the profession of education itself.

"I loved the challenge of setting up The Guild once my tenure at City was over. Now we have been granted Worshipful status I look forward to a healthy future for the Company. I have been much encouraged by the enthusiasm and vigour of the current membership."

City's current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran said;

"The granting of Worshipful status for the Company of Educators is another notable achievement in Professor Franklin's distinguished career. He has founded and developed a Guild from birth to Worshipful status in less than 15 years. I congratulate him wholeheartedly and thank him for his service to education."

The portrait of Professor Franklin accompanying this article is hanging in the foyer of the Great Hall here at City.

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