University of Leicester President and Vice-Chancellor appointed CBE in New Year's Honours

Posted by pt91 at Dec 30, 2015 10:30 PM |
Professor Paul Boyle is recognised for services to Social Science

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 December 2015

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President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle has been appointed a CBE in the New Year’s Honours.

Professor Boyle, who has led Leicester since October 2014, has been recognised for his contribution to social science while Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) is awarded for having a role at national level, or a leading role at regional level, and for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Professor Boyle said: “This is a tremendous honour which is recognition of the exceptional work done by colleagues at the Economic and Social Research Council.  UK social sciences punch above their weight internationally and the ESRC makes a substantial contribution to this success.”

Professor Paul Boyle was appointed as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester in October 2014. Prior to joining the University, Professor Boyle was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research.  During this time he was the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils. Professor Boyle was also President of Science Europe, representing over 50 funding agencies across Europe.

Before joining the ESRC, Professor Boyle was Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews and has published widely in Demography and Epidemiology.

Since joining the University of Leicester, Professor Boyle has spearheaded the development of the new strategic plan and refreshing the University brand and website. He has also taken a leading role in establishing the University as one of only ten universities worldwide that is acting as an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality, with the aim of engaging and encouraging men and boys to take action against the gender inequality which women across the world face.


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