New Year Honours for University of Leicester staff

Posted by ap507 at Jan 01, 2014 12:25 AM |
Dedication, talent and service of individuals associated with the University has been recognised through the awards of New Year’s Honours.

Three members of staff associated with the University were among the recipients in the recently announced New Year Honours List for 2014.

Among those honoured is the man who led the archaeological dig that unearthed the remains of Richard III. Richard Buckley, Co-Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services, has been recognised with an OBE for services to archaeology.

Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of the Department of Engineering, has been made CBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to Engineering and Education and Clare Taylor, former Head of Student Welfare Service, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Higher Education.

Speaking in the Leicester Mercury, Richard Buckley said: "What’s really important about things like this is it’s really nice for me but in many ways represents a whole team of people who have done sustained archaeology in Leicester for decades."

Professor Atkinson said:  ‘I am tremendously honoured to be made CBE. Engineering is crucial to our economy and quality of life. It enables transport, communication, power generation, energy security, combatting climate change through technology and medical care. It also gives you your laptop, your iphone and the internet. I am proud to be involved in the formation of professional engineers, at the University of Leicester, through the Royal Academy of Engineering and through the Engineering Professors’ Council.’

Clare said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for this honour which recognises the excellent work undertaken by the University of Leicester’s Student Welfare team during my 23 years of stewardship.  It is a wonderful culmination to an extremely rewarding career in student support”.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: “This is splendid news. I know the whole University will want to congratulate the recipients on their terrific achievement. Their honours are richly deserved.”

The New Year Honours List celebrates individuals who have made a significant impact upon education in the UK.

Other associated with the University of Leicester recognised in the New Year Honours List 2014 include:

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Palmer of Heriot-Watt University, who graduated from Leicester in the 1960s, was knighted in the New Year's Honours. A cereals experts and anti-racism campaigner, he has been knighted for services to human rights, science and charity.

Dr Susan Loughlin MBE, graduated with a first class BSC Geology in 1991 from the University of Leicester and is now Head of Volcanology at British Geological Survey. Dr Loughlin received an MBE for Services to Volcanology.

Dr Jane Elizabeth Doughty, formerly Director, Design and Development at the National College for Teaching and Leadership and who graduated with a PhD in Education, has received a CBE for services to Education.

Richard Talbot, who is studying for a doctorate in history at the University of Leicester, has been commended for his services to the community in Stoke-on-Trent, duties which have included fund-raising for local parks to safeguarding one of the city's biggest theatres.

Estelle Rowe, National Director of leading education charity EDT (Educational Development Trust) Headstart and First Edition schemes has been recognised for the impact of her career in engineering education during which she has tackled false perceptions of engineering and science. The University of Leicester is currently working with EDT to deliver the Headstart scheme to 16-17 year old students.

Sarah Hauldys Evans, formerly Headteacher at King Edward VI High School for Girls, has been honoured with an OBE for services to Education. She received a degree in Victorian Studies.

Lynda Caroline Hamlyn was honoured with a CBE for services to Healthcare. She is Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant and graduated with a BA in Combined Arts.

Professor Peter Reginald Lansley, Professor Emeritus of Construction Management at University of Reading,  received an MBE for services to research into Ageing and Well-being of Older People. He graduate from the University with a BSc in Mathematics.

Former headteacher Joan Hilda Martin was honoured with an MBE for services to education. She graduated with a degree in Med Studies and is currently Chair of Governors, Northampton School for Girls and Former Headteacher.

Dr Paula Marie Vasco-Knight received a CBE for services to the NHS. She is Chief Executive of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and received an MBA from the University.

If you know of any others on the list associated with the University of Leicester please email: