Nottingham academic receives OBE in New Year Honours

Saturday, 31 December 2022

A positioning and navigating expert at the University of Nottingham has been listed in the 2023 New Year Honours List.

Honoured for his services to satellite navigation, Terry Moore is an Emeritus Professor, and former Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, in the university’s Faculty of Engineering.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised and nominated for this award. Indeed, I am particularly proud of the significant impact that satellite navigation systems have on everyone’s daily lives, even without them knowing, and I hope that this award helps us to continue to stress the vital importance of the technology we now take for granted.

Terry Moore
I came from a quite humble background, and the support and encouragement I received in my early career formed the bedrock from which I still work to improve equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout scientific disciplines. I am absolutely delighted to receive the award.
Terry Moore, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Engineering

A professor of satellite navigation at the university for 20 years, Professor Moore’s links to the city date back to 1979 when he began his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Over the course of his career, he’s taken a leading role in national and European initiatives aimed at integrating academic research and teaching in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) – all while based at the University of Nottingham.

He was the founding Director of the GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning, and navigation technologies, which was jointly funded by the University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency and has gone on to support hundreds of companies worldwide.

Professor Moore has also overseen numerous research projects funded by industry, research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and has supervised more than 40 successful PhD students.

He has been actively involved with both the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) and the US Institute of Navigation (ION) for many years and was the President of the RIN until the summer of 2021, where he led the efforts to modernise the institute and introduce its new profile and strategy.

He is a member of the US National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board and of the European Space Agency (ESA) GNSS Science Advisory Committee. Professor Moore also contributed to the UK Government’s Blackett Review on GNSS Vulnerability and has worked extensively with the UK Government on the PNT Strategy for the UK.

Professor Sam Kingman
We are absolutely delighted that Terry has received this recognition for his contribution to satellite navigation, a technology that is now ubiquitous in our everyday lives.
Professor Sam Kingman, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering

Professor Kingman continued: "Terry's contribution to the development of this technology has been enormously important, and millions of people now benefit from the work he’s done over the past few decades. This is a proud day for the University of Nottingham and the Faculty of Engineering.”

This is the third major award Professor Moore has received in recent years, after he became the first Briton to win the International Association of Institutes of Navigation’s John Harrison Award in 2021, and won the US ION’s prestigious Johannes Kepler Award in 2017.

University of Nottingham Pro Vice-Chancellor Shearer West
As a researcher, adviser, teacher, and leading expert in the field of satellite navigation, Professor Terry Moore has proved an inspiration to all who work, research or study with him. His recognition in the New Years’ Honours list is richly deserved.
Professor Shearer West CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham

Student Maxwell Ayamba who is doing his PhD in the Black Studies Programme in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, funded by Midlands4Cities, was also recognised in the King's New Year's Honours. Maxwell was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the environment and to the community in Sheffield as founder of the Sheffield Environmental Movement.

Maxwell is studying the spatiality of the Peak District National Park, in relation to access and use by people of Black African ancestry in the diaspora. His work builds on the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan and the Julian Glover Review attempt to promote access to the countryside for everyone, especially Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. It’s also based on his own interests and convictions: in 2004 Maxwell co-founded the 100 Black Men Walk for Health Group, and he was the first Black person appointed on the board of Ramblers Association UK in 2006.

Maxwell regularly participates in public and policy discussions about black access to the countryside. Amongst other things, Maxwell gave a speech in March 2022 at the Natural England Parliamentary Reception. Maxwell’s advocacy and expertise on black access to nature in England is making a difference at national level.

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