CAFRE’s Pat McTeague is honoured with a British Empire Medal

Date published: 09 January 2023

College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is delighted that Pat McTeague, a Food Technology Technician, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honour List.

Since 1974, Pat has worked at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus, Cookstown in an education/training role. His vast food processing expertise has greatly benefited CAFRE staff and students and contributed significantly to various sectors within the Northern Ireland’s Food Industry.

CAFRE colleagues, former graduates and food industry leaders have been keen to congratulate Pat on the honour of this award.

Pat is dedicated to developing skills within the food industry with particular interest in brewing and bakery. Developing learner competence is Pat's true vocation and he has always advocated that practical based learning is the key to creating industry-ready students.

Pat’s philosophy is that by making college life and the student experience enjoyable, students will want to learn. He has voluntarily championed the student body, organising social events and has facilitated fundraising for many worthy causes. He has promoted inclusitivty, inviting participation in a range of clubs from all learners.

“Receiving the BEM has come as a pleasant surprise,” says Pat modestly. After checking that, it wasn’t a hoax, I was delighted at the news!”

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