Higher education recognised in Queen’s birthday honours list

A number of vice-chancellors, academics and university staff have been recognised for their service to higher education in the Queen’s birthday honours list

Four vice-chancellors have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list along with academics and university staff.

Nigel Carrington, vice-chancellor of the University of the Arts London, has received a knighthood.

Vice-chancellors Prof Liz Barnes, Staffordshire University, Prof John Latham, Coventry University, and Prof Mark Smith, Lancaster University, were awarded CBEs.

Physicist Prof Robert Williams, who was vice-chancellor of the University of Wales (now Swansea University) for nine years until 2003, has been knighted for his contribution to higher education and the Welsh language.

Carrington said: “Creative education teaches a way of thinking that is increasingly valuable in the world. It is my privilege to play a part in its success alongside my friends and colleagues at UAL.”

The list also recognised the contribution of many academics and staff have made to research, teaching and student experience.

The full list includes:


  • Nigel Carrington – vice-chancellor, University of the Arts London
  • Prof Mark Caulfield – co-director William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London
  • Prof Peter Donnelly – director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
  • Prof Robert Williams – former vice-chancellor, University of Wales, Swansea


  • Prof Liz Barnes – vice-chancellor, Staffordshire Univeristy
  • Prof Paul Bates – school of geographical sciences, University of Bristol
  • Prof Kenneth Brown – school of mathematics and statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Michele Burman – head of the school of social and political sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Haminder Singh – school of medicine, University of Nottingham
  • Prof Tamsin Ford – college of medicine and health, University of Exeter
  • Prof John Latham – vice-chancellor, Coventry University
  • Prof Corinne Le Quere – school of environmental sciences, University of East Anglia
  • Prof Hector MacQueen – Edinburgh law school, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Sylvia Richardson – school of clinical medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Mark Smith – vice-chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Prof Anna Vignoles – faculty of education, University of Cambridge


  • Prof Sarah Broadie – department of philosophy, University of St Andrews
  • Prof Hannah Cloke – department of geography and environmental science, University of Reading
  • Prof Tamara Galloway – department of biosciences, University of Exeter
  • Prof Sarah Hewlett – department of nursing and midwifery, University of the West of England
  • Prof Dorothy Miell – head of the college of arts, humanities and social sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Rana Mitter – faculty of history, University of Oxford
  • Rosie Tressler – chief executive officer, Student Minds
  • Prof Alison Watson – school of international relations, University of St Andrews
  • Prof Graham Wren – special advisor to the principal, University of Strathclyde


  • Prof Richard Betts – department of geography and chair in climate impacts, University of Exeter
  • Prof Jane Core – former director of student and library services, Northumbria University
  • Prof Abigail Gregory – deputy faculty pro-vice-chancellor (arts and humanities), Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Jane Haley – neuroscience scientific coordinator, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Duncan Lawson – co-director of sigma, Coventry University
  • Prof Melanie Leng – school of biosciences and director of university’s Centre for Environment Geochemistry, University of Nottingham
  • Abbie McKenna – regional learning and development manager Ulster University
  • David McKown – head of training and quality in accommodation and commercial services, University of Sheffield


  • Susan Henderson – student services manager, University of Winchester
  • Peter Reed – former professional and technical services, University of Sussex
  • Matthew Scott – senior warden, University of Warwick
  • Ian Sherriff – academic partnership lead for dementia, University of Plymouth
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