New Year Honours 2020: research council leaders top list

EPSRC and NERC executive chairs among those recognised

December 27, 2019
Lynn Gladden

UK science leaders are among the researchers and university administrators celebrated in the 2020 New Year Honours.

Lynn Gladden, executive chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Shell professor of chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge, is made a dame, while there is a knighthood for Duncan Wingham, executive chair of the Natural Environment Research Council and professor of climate physics at UCL.

Sir Keith Thomas, one of the UK’s leading historians, and a former president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, becomes a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, while Dame Sally Davies, master of Trinity College Cambridge and a former chief medical officer for England, becomes a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.

There are also damehoods for Magdalene Odundo, emerita professor of ceramics and chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts, and Sarah Whatmore, professor of environment and public policy at the University of Oxford.

Tony Cheetham, Goldsmiths’ professor of materials science at the University of Cambridge, is also among those knighted.

There are CBEs for two serving university leaders: Colin Bailey, president of Queen Mary University of London, and Peter John, vice-chancellor of the University of West London. Julia Black, professor of law at the London School of Economics, who served as the institution’s interim director in 2016-17, also gets a CBE.

chris.havergal@timeshighereducation.com


New Year Honours 2020

Among those appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath:

  • Dame Sally Davies, master of Trinity College, Cambridge and previously chief medical officer for England. For services to public health and research.  

Among those appointed Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour:

  • Sir Keith Thomas, honorary fellow, University of Oxford’s All Souls College. For services to the study of history.

Among those appointed dame:

  • Lynn Gladden, executive chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. For services to academic and industrial research in chemical engineering.
  • Magdalene Odundo, chancellor, University of the Creative Arts. For services to art and arts education.
  • Lesley Regan, president, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. For services to women’s healthcare.
  • Sarah Whatmore, professor of environment and public policy, University of Oxford. For services to the study of environmental policy.

Among those given knighthoods:

  • Anthony Cheetham, distinguished research fellow, University of Cambridge. For service to material chemistry, UK science and global outreach.
  • Dennis Gillings, founder and former chief executive and chairman of clinical research company Quintiles Transnational. For service to the advancement of dementia and life sciences research.
  • Duncan Wingham, professor of climate physics, UCL and executive chair of the Natural Environment Research Council. For services to climate science.

Among those appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George:

Among those appointed CBE:

  • Rowena Arshad, co-director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh. For services to education and equality.
  • Colin Bailey, president, Queen Mary University of London. For services to engineering.
  • Julia Black, professor of law, London School of Economics and Political Science. For service to the study of law and regulation.
  • Gareth Darwin, senior research fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, for services to the study of global history.
  • Barbara Elliott, professor of sociology, University of Exeter. For services to the social sciences.
  • Rebecca Endean, previously director of strategy, UK Research and Innovation. For services to analysis, research and innovation.
  • Margaret Hague, emeritus professor, University of Bristol. For services to the prevention of violence against women and children and in support of survivors of abuse.
  • Peter John, vice-chancellor, University of West London. For services to higher education.
  • Jacqueline Kay, professor of creative writing, Newcastle University. For services to literature.
  • Aditi Lahiri, professor of linguistics, University of Oxford. For services to the study of linguistics.
  • Alan Lehmann, research professor of molecular genetics, University of Sussex. For services to medical science, patient and families affected by xeroderma pigmentosum and Cockayne syndrome.
  • John Pickard, emeritus professor of neurosurgery, University of Cambridge. For services to neurosciences, neurosurgery and research for patients with complex neurological disorders.
  • Hayaatun Sillem, chief executive, Royal Academy of Engineering. For service to international engineering.
  • Andrew Taylor, previously executive director of national laboratories, Science and Technology Facilities Council. For services to science and technology.
  • Nicholas Woodhouse, emeritus professor of mathematics, University of Oxford. For services to mathematics.

Among those appointed OBE:

  • Abdel Babiker, professor of epidemiology and medical statistics, UCL. For services to medical research.
  • Karen Barker, clinical director for trauma and orthopaedics, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to healthcare.
  • Mirella Bartrip, previously director of dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. For services to dance education and training.
  • Jennifer Gibbs, principal, KLC School of Design. For services to higher education and the interior design industry.
  • Sophie Gilliat-Ray, professor of religious studies, Cardiff University. For services to education and to the Muslim community in the UK.
  • Paddy Gray, emeritus professor of housing, Ulster University, and chair, Connswater Homes Limited. For services to housing in Northern Ireland.
  • David Hulme, professor of development studies, University of Manchester. For services to research and international development.
  • Jane Hurst, William Prescott chair of animal science, University of Liverpool. For services to animal welfare.
  • Timothy Jickells, emeritus professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, and member, Science Advisory Council. For services to marine and atmospheric science.
  • Phillip Jones, chair of architectural science, Cardiff University. For services to architecture and decarbonisation.
  • James Lambert, previously chair, INTOUniversity. For services to social mobility in education.
  • Allyson MacVean, professor of policing and criminology, Bath Spa University, for service to ethics in policing.
  • Maria McHugh, professor of organisational behaviour, Ulster University. For services to higher education and business development.
  • Sheila McLean, professor emerita of law and ethics in medicine, University of Glasgow. For services to health and education.
  • Timothy Minton, professor, School of Medicine, Keio University. For services to UK/Japan relations.
  • Helen Munn, previously executive director, Academy of Medical Sciences. For services to the advancement of medical sciences.
  • Andrew Neely, pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and business relations, University of Cambridge. For services to research and university/industry collaboration.
  • Anne Osbourn, professor of biology, John Innes Centre, and director, Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology Alliance. For services to plant science.
  • Emma Platt, professor of social policy and sociology, London School of Economics. For services to the social sciences.
  • Helen Sang, head of division, functional genetics and development, The Roslin Institute. For services to food security and bioscience for health.
  • Alan Smith, Unesco chair in education, Ulster University. For services to education.
  • Elizabeth Towns-Andrews, previously 3M professor of innovation, University of Huddersfield. For services to business, enterprise and public and private sector collaboration.
  • Timothy Walsh, professor of medical microbiology and antibiotic resistance at Cardiff University, for services to microbiology and international development.
  • Ian Weeks, dean of clinical innovation, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. For services to knowledge transfer and medical innovation.

Among those appointed MBE:

  • Adisa Azapagic, professor of sustainable chemical engineering, University of Manchester. For services to sustainability and carbon footprinting.
  • Leslie Brent, professor emeritus, University of London. For services to Holocaust education and the field of immunology and organ transplantation.
  • John Campbell, professor of general practice and primary care, University of Exeter. For services to general practice.
  • Edward Hawkins, professor of climate science, University of Reading. For services to climate science and science communication.
  • Francis Lyons, associate dean for research and impact, Ulster University. For services to higher education and music.
  • Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director, British Heart Foundation. For services to medical research.
  • Adeela Shafi, reader in education, University of Gloucestershire. For services to social justice in Bristol.
  • Melrose Stewart, lecturer in physiotherapy, University of Birmingham. For services to physiotherapy.
  • David Strange, professor emeritus of strings, Royal Academy of Music. For services to music.
  • Eyal Weizman, professor of spatial and visual cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. For services to architecture.

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