Dr Daljit Singh Virk is to receive the OBE

The award recognises the impact of Dr Virk’s scientific contributions as geneticist and plant breeder as well as his lea...

“For services to tackling poverty abroad and to education in Derby”

Dr Daljit Singh Virk, a Senior Research Fellow at Bangor University is to receive the OBE.

The award recognises the impact of Dr Virk’s scientific contributions as geneticist and plant breeder as well as his leading role in establishing the Sikh faith Akaal Primary School, in Derby in 2015. The free school was established under the Academies Act.

Dr Virk has been at the heart of one of Bangor University’s most impactful research projects, which has contributed to improved food security and livelihoods for millions of households in some of the most impoverished countries...

...Prof John Witcombe, who has worked closely with Dr Virk over a number of years  responded that the news was a:

“well-deserved recognition and it is a fantastic new year present.”

Morag McDonald, Head of the School of Natural Sciences said: ‘This is wonderful news and very well deserved.’

The award also recognises Dr Virk’s work to create more primary school spaces and provide excellent values-based education in Derby. The all-inclusive Akaal Primary School provides values-based education combining Sikh Virtues and British values. Dr Virk is the founder Chair of Governors of Akaal Primary School, and led the team to plead with DFE for a new build in the centre of targeted poor area of Derby. 

 

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