John Proops, professor of ecological economics at Keele University, has been elected president of the International Society for Ecological Economics from 2002 for two years.
Maxwell Irvine, vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham, has been appointed a deputy lieutenant for the county of West Midlands.
Sir Michael Latham, chairman of Wilmott Dixon, has received an honorary doctorate of civil law from the University of Northumbria.
The human rights campaigner Helen Bamber will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Dundee.
James Hutchison, Sir Harry Platt professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Aberdeen, has been appointed to a regius chair of surgery.
Trevor Hocking, professor in the school of applied sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, has received the Friendship with Yunnan Province Award for his work with Yunnan Agricultural University, China.
Catharine Ward Thompson, head of the school of landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University, has been awarded a professorship at the university.
Joan Stringer, principal of Queen Margaret's University College, has been awarded a personal chair by the college.
Mark Muller, a former PhD student in the earth sciences department at Cambridge University, has won the Royal Astronomical Society's annual Blackwell Prize for an outstanding PhD thesis on a topic in geophysics.
Simon Rogerson, director of the centre for computing and social responsibility at De Montfort University, has received the Namur Award 2000 from the International Federation for Information Processing.