The KLC School of Design’s founder and principal, Jenny Gibbs, has been awarded an OBE for services to higher education and the interior design industry.
The official accolade recognises Gibbs’ pioneering work in the design industry over the last 40 years and her major contribution to the significant rise in standards of the profession over that time, as well has her steadfast commitment to encouraging new design talent.
KLC School of Design courses are based around real-life projects and Gibbs has encouraged these projects to be community-based wherever possible.
She has also championed innovative modes of delivery to widen access and participation in interior design education.
The KLC’s BA (Hons) degree in interior design is now offered entirely online, this more affordable and flexible learning method has opened up the possibility of studying to many students who would not traditionally consider going onto higher education.
The school’s latest initiative is KLC Connect, which helps students bridge the gap between their course and employment.
KLC Connect facilitates students to foster strong links in the design community with the close support of industry and KLC alumni representatives.