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    'Inspirational' Head of Biology Receives MBE from the Princess Royal

    Dr Andrew Treharne has received an MBE from the Princess Royal in recognition of his work inspiring youngsters’ interest in the natural world.

    Kimbolton School's Head of Biology Dr Andrew Treharne  Receives his MBE from the Princess Royal

    Kimbolton School’s Head of Biology Dr Andrew Treharne has received an MBE from the Princess Royal in recognition of his work inspiring youngsters’ interest in the natural world.

    Dr Treharne, a Fellow of the Society of Biology who joined Kimbolton School this term, is Chair of UK Biology Competitions, a group responsible for organising the annual British Biology Olympiad and the Biology Challenge. These two school competitions attract over 35,000 participants a year, with the Olympiad open to post-16 students in the UK, and the online Challenge aimed at 13 to 15 year olds.

    Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, Director of Education at the Society of Biology, said: “The British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge play an extremely important role in engaging, inspiring and challenging school students with biology and stimulating their curiosity in the natural world. Dr Treharne is instrumental in leading the competitions which are very much appreciated by participants and their teachers. We are extremely grateful for his ongoing support.”

    Dr Treharne added: "I was stunned when I opened the letter from the Cabinet Office; it's not something I ever expected and I feel incredibly honoured to be given such recognition. I'm also very grateful to the rest of the hard-working volunteers who run the British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge."

    The investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace in October, after Dr Treharne was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to youth engagement in biology.

    Dr Treharne was previously at Arnold KEQM School in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, before joining Kimbolton School as Head of Biology in September.