College acknowledges the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

9th April 2021 3:55pm - Return to press releases

College acknowledges the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with sadness that East Riding College acknowledges the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who was very supportive of the education sector and a champion of young people.

As founder and patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) he leaves a lasting legacy, which has supported and encouraged young people to achieve their potential over the last 65 years.

The DofE Awards helps young people to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to enter adulthood and embodies many of the British values that East Riding College encourages their students to embrace.  Students are supported if they wish to undertake the challenge.

Whilst the Duke of Edinburgh Awards mourns the loss of its founder, it celebrates His Royal Highness’ incredible legacy. Ruth Marvel, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said:

“The Duke was a lifelong advocate for young people, believing in each individual’s potential and creating in the DofE what he saw as a ‘do-it-yourself growing up kit’. We’re honoured to continue HRH’s work, to ensure that all young people – especially those from marginalised groups – can benefit from the better educational outcomes, employment prospects, community ties and better mental health that are associated with doing DofE.”

Today, the charity is calling for anyone involved in the DofE over the decades – including alumni and volunteers – to get in touch and share their DofE stories and memories at

As a ‘Gold Award’ employer in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, the College also acknowledges The Duke of Edinburgh’s role as a supporter and ambassador for the armed forces and echoes Defence Secretary Ben Wallace’s sentiments when he said, “The Duke of Edinburgh and his generation will forever be treasured by the Armed Forces for their leadership and sacrifice during the Second World War.

“As we mourn The Duke of Edinburgh and offer our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, we will remember all that His Royal Highness contributed towards the Armed Forces and be forever grateful for his service.”