The accolade was presented by the European Council for International Schools (ECIS) at a meeting in Nice. The Council which is a leading body of teachers, heads and researchers in schools and higher education, recognises individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the promotion of international education.

The presentation was made by the President of the Council who paid tribute to Dr Hayden’s distinguished reputation for teaching. He particularly praised Dr Hayden’s supervision of hundreds of members of staff and heads in international schools at both Masters and Doctorate level. The President added that Dr Hayden is regarded as the foremost researcher in the field of international schools and international education.

The award was received warmly by the 1300 strong audience at the conference.