She retired from her role as Pro-Vice Chancellor Education (PVC-E) at Newcastle University in March after 10 years in the role.
Professor Cholerton joined the university in 1989 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, later led the MBBS programme as Director of Medical Studies and subsequently was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
During her time as PVC-E, Suzanne championed Newcastle’s ambition to become a world-leading provider of quality, innovative and inclusive education, leading the university to the highest achievement in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a Gold Award.
Professor Cholerton was also a keen advocate of the benefit of sport and fitness in supporting student well-being and the student experience. Leading a talented team, she oversaw the development of the university’s £30million state-of-the-art sports facilities and championed the implementation of the new Sport and Exercise Science degree programme.
Professor Cholerton said: “I’m absolutely delighted, surprised and humbled to have my career in higher education recognised in this way.
“I hope that the many colleagues and students I’ve worked with over the years at Newcastle University can also take great pride in this award for the work we’ve done and our collective impact.”