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A selection of New Year Honours medals

Alumni and staff celebrated in New Year Honours 

We’re very proud of our University community and we’re delighted when your talents and achievements are recognised. Congratulations to all of our alumni and staff who have been named in the New Year Honours list – from entrepreneurs to altruists, academics to conservationists.



Professor Sir Bernard Silverman - For public service and services to Science

A distinguished statistician, Sir Bernard was the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Home Office from 2010 to 2017, providing advice to the Home Secretary and ministers across policy areas. Joining the University’s Rights Lab in early 2018 as Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics, his main research area is now in modern slavery, building on his pioneering work for the Home Office in producing the first scientific estimate of modern slavery in the UK.

              Prof Sir Bernard Silverman             

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson (Child Health/Psychology 1993) - For services to Healthcare and Children’s Health Services

Chair of the General Medical Council, Sir Terence is the Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit at University College London. Former Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at Nottingham, his research focuses on physiology of early life and acute and chronic paediatric illness.

              Prof Sir Terence Stephenson            


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 


Professor Martyn Davies - For services to Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor of Biomedical Surface Chemistry, Martyn has made significant professional, academic and commercial contributions to the University. Co-founding Nottingham’s Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, a group that has become synonymous with innovation and development, he has played a leading role in the success of the School of Pharmacy for more than 30 years. 

              Professor Martyn Davies


Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Professor Christopher Rudd (PhD Mechanical Engineering, 1989) - For services to higher education and UK/China co-operation

An internationally-renowned material scientist, Chris has led the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Provost and CEO since 2015. Alongside his academic success in developing patented lightweight structures and synthetic bone replacements, he has played an integral role in furthering Nottingham and the UK’s relationship with China.

              Chris Rudd

Jonathan Goodwin (Geography 1995) - For services to the Economy

An entrepreneur and technology investor, Jonathan founded investment companies Lepe Partners and PROfounders Capital and co-founded the Founders Forum, an invitation-only network for digital entrepreneurs, corporate CEOs and senior investors.

              Jonathan Goodwin



Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)


Dr Michael Rance (Chemistry 1967, PhD Chemistry 1970) - For services to the community in Macclesfield, Cheshire

A founding member and acting Chair of Make it Macclesfield, Michael has supported this community interest company to raise the profile of the town and deliver activities to benefit the Macclesfield community.

              Dr Michael Rance


Professor Helen Roy (Environmental Science 1994, PhD Horticulture 1997) - For services to Biodiversity Research, Science Communications and Citizen Science 

Group Leader in Population Ecology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Helen’s research focuses on the effects of environmental change on insect populations and communities. She has led several major citizen science initiatives including the UK Ladybird Survey and EDF Energy Big Bumblebee Discovery.

              Prof Helen Roy

Jonathan Spencer (Botany/Zoology 1977) - For services to Woodlands, Nature Conservation and the Environment

Head of Planning and Environment at Forest Enterprise England, Jonathan’s interests cover a wide range of areas from forest ecology to nature conservation measures to conservation management of traditional landscapes.

              Jonathan Spencer


Claudette Sutton (Education 1987) - For services to Diversity in the Civil Service

Joining the Civil Service from a career in university teaching, Claudette founded the cross-Whitehall Minority Ethnic Talent Association in 2006. As Chief Executive Officer, she introduced the ‘Growing Talent’ mentoring programme which offers development opportunities to support black and ethnic minority staff to become senior leaders in the Civil Service.


              Claudette Sutton

Dr Melinda Tan (English Language Teaching 1997, PhD English Studies 2000) - For services to British Higher Education Overseas and the Promotion of Bi-communal Relations in Cyprus

Rector of the University of Central Lancashire’s Cyprus campus from 2013 to 2017, Melinda provided visionary academic leadership and actively championed cultural integration with local communities.

              Dr Melinda Tan


David Stone (Soil Science 1978) - For services to Young People and the community in Wolverton, Warwickshire

Committed to his local community, David has worked tirelessly to support young people in Wolverton. 


British Empire Medal (BEM)


Caroline Husain (Mathematics/Economics 1972) - For services to charity and the community in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire

A passionate and committed altruist, Caroline has been fundraising and raising awareness for the charity CLIMB since 1984. CLIMB is the leading patient organisation for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, supporting thousands of families worldwide.

              Caroline Husain

John Middleton - For services to Higher Education and Science

Technical Manager in the School of Physics and Astronomy, John joined the University in 1976 and played a key role in making the first magnet coils for the prototype magnetic resonance imaging instruments. Over a 40 year career at Nottingham, his technical leadership and dedication to support world-leading experimental physics has made a pivotal contribution to the success of the school. 

              John Middleton


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