A professor, born and educated in Ilkeston, has become one of just 12 people in the world to be given a prestigious award.
Prof Bob Jackson, who was head boy at the former Hallcroft School from 1962 to 1963, has been awarded the William Rainey Harper Award from the Religious Education Association.
The international award is presented to outstanding leaders whose work has had a profound impact on religious education.
“I feel deeply honoured to receive this award from a major American professional organisation,” said Prof Jackson, based at Warwick University.
“It recognises not only my own work, but the enormous amount of research on religion and education in the public sphere conducted by Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit over many years.”
Born in Derbyshire Drive, Ilkeston, he still visits his sister Ann Rowland who lives in West Hallam,
Only the 12th recipient of the award since 1975, Prof Jackson will travel to Boston, USA, to receive the honour.