Queen's Birthday Honours: MBE for Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Posted by pt91 at Jun 13, 2014 10:40 PM |
Christine Fyfe recognised for contributions to librarianship

University of Leicester Pro-Vice-Chancellor Christine Fyfe has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Christine, who is Pro-Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for students, said: “I am thrilled and delighted to have been given this award for contributions to librarianship.

“Here at the University of Leicester, the Library building project and the ensuing service enhancements were an opportunity of a lifetime. That these have been deemed successful is a tribute to huge team effort on the part of Library and Estates staff, the architects, engineers and builders who worked with us, and, of course, the many academics and students who shape the service and use it every day.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess added: “I am absolutely delighted that Christine Fyfe has been awarded an MBE.  This is a richly deserved honour as she has made a significant contribution to libraries throughout her career.  During her time at Leicester she has transformed the University Library, professionalised the service and built a high quality team that provides staff and students with exceptional customer service.”

The £32 million state-of-the-art David Wilson Library, designed by Associated Architects, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 2008. The redesigned Library provides a stunning space for learning and research with a range of facilities. It has won a host of awards since its opening – including the 2008 RIBA East Midlands Award for Architecture.

Christine Fyfe achieved a BA degree in English Literature at the University of Bristol. Following a year as a SCONUL Graduate Trainee at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, she was awarded an MA (with distinction) in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. In 2000 she obtained an MBA from the Open University. After working in a range of professional roles at Keele University Library including Assistant Director, she became Deputy Librarian at the University of Warwick in 1996. In 2002 she came to the University of Leicester as University Librarian and oversaw the development of the 1970s Library building which went on to win awards for the quality of its design and the innovative services available to users.  

Her professional interests include strategic management of libraries, the development of the digital library and service innovation. She has served as Chair of the United Kingdom Serials Group, as a member of the SCONUL Executive Board and the COUNTER Executive Board. She has a particular interest in improving communication between participants in the information chain and has served on a number of publisher advisory boards.


She became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) in 2007 with a particular focus on the student experience.

Others associated with Leicester who have been honoured include:

Doctoral student Roger Morris, studying the history of local government under the supervision of Professor Steve King, has been awarded an OBE for his role in improving Northampton College.

Dr Gregory Stevens Cox, who was honoured for his services to Guernsey history and culture reports the Bridport News. He took his doctorate in economic and social history at Leicester.

David Michael Hodson received an OBE for services to International Family Law, reports the Lawyer magazine. David is a Law graduate of the University and a partner at The International Family Law Group LLP, London.

Emily Macaulay, an alumni from our Department of Media and Communications, has been awarded an MBE for services to Equality and Diversity.  Emily is Leader of the Devon and Cornwall Gay Police Association.

Phillip Sheldon has been awarded an MBE for services to Police Finance.  He is Force Strategic Finance Manager, Derbyshire Constabulary and graduated from the University with a degree in English and Philosophy.

  • If you are aware of anyone else with an association with the University who has been honoured, please email pt91@le.ac.uk

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