The Open University has been awarded a Regius Professorship by the Queen.
The award was given to Professor Eileen Scanlon for her work in the educational technology department in recognition of her outstanding teaching and research.
It is only the second time the award has been given out in the past century.
MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, said: “This announcement is great news for The Open University and is testimony to the remarkable teaching of Professor Scanlon. Locally, thanks to the excellent work of the OU, we are building a reputation for high science, engineering and technology.
“This award is another example of Milton Keynes growing as a city for innovation and I congratulate the staff and students on this new accolade.”
The award comes as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Before this award, Regius Professorships were previously limited to a handful of universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Professor Scanlon said: “I am delighted that the OU has been given this significant award and that the Institute of Educational Technology has been recognised as an outstanding department.
“My late parents were both Open University graduates and my mother celebrated her graduation in the first ceremony held at Alexandra Palace in 1973. They would have been thrilled their university was honoured in this way.”