OUS Victoria committee member Elizabeth Beattie awarded MBE for services to education

Congratulations to OUS Victoria committee member Elizabeth Beattie (Keble, 1979), who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and researcher and has been involved with OUS Victoria for more than 20 years, starting out as events coordinator. She was secretary of the group for just over 10 years and remains on the group’s committee.

Elizabeth received the award in recognition of her services to education and UK/Australia relations.

As group secretary, she worked to enhance the links between alumni and the University, and encourage prospective students to study at Oxford.

She has also focussed on facilitating the journey of freshers who are about to start at Oxford.

Elizabeth read Modern History at Keble and was one of the first women to study at the college.

“I am honoured and incredibly proud to receive this recognition,” she said.

“I have been supported by an amazing committee of alumni at OUS Victoria who have been so generous with their time. I value the friendships I have established across the society.

“My education and experience at Oxford has made an enormous difference to my life. Apart from my immediate degree in history, I learnt life skills, such as the ability to reason, how to problem-solve, resilience and flexibility.

“I am looking forward to continuing my strong association with the University.”