4 January 2022

Alumni and staff recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours

We are delighted to share and congratulate the alumni and staff from the University whose exploits and achievements have been recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours.

Exterior of Firth Court from the Concourse

Companion of Honour

Sir Paul Nurse (Hon DSc 2005) was made a Companion of Honour for services to Science and Medicine in the UK and Abroad throughout his distinguished career. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Francis Crick Institute in London, an institute of more than 2000 staff and students. Using their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise, they work across disciplines and explore biology at all levels from molecules through to cells and entire organisms to help improve treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease, and generate economic opportunities for the UK.

Dame Commander of the British Empire

Professor Sarah Springman, CBE (Hon DEng 2018) was made a Dame for services to Engineering and to International Sports Administration. Professor Dame Sarah is currently Rector and Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich and is the Principal-Elect of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. As well as being an accomplished academic geotechnical engineer and a pioneer in the study of soft soil mechanics, she is also an acclaimed international champion triathlete.

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Professor Stewart Cole (PhD Microbiology 1979) was Knighted for his services to Science, particularly in the area of Microbial Pathogenesis. Professor Sir Stewart’s current research is in the field of drug discovery and drug development for tuberculosis, and he has published more than 350 scientific papers on infectious diseases, most notably tuberculosis and leprosy. He is currently the Director-General of the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France.

CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Lisa Burger (BMus Music 1983, Hon LittD 2019) was recognised for her services to the Arts. She is currently the Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre.

Professor Martin Knapp (BA PMA 1973) was recognised for his services to Social Care Research. He is currently the Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research and Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Economics.

Professor Malcolm Press (Former staff) was recognised for his services to Higher and Technical Education. He is currently the Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Liane Smith (PhD Metallurgy 1984)  was recognised for her services to Engineering and Materials Science. She is currently the Founder and Director of Larkton Ltd.

Adrian Vinken, OBE (BA Philosophy 1975) was recognised for his services to Theatre. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.

OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Professor Anthony Avery (BMedSci Biomedical Sciences 1984, MB ChB Medicine 1986) was recognised for his services to General Practice. He is currently Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Nottingham. 

Professor Helen Davis (Current staff) was recognised for her services to Orthoptics. She is currently the Head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics in the Health Sciences School at the University of Sheffield.

James Jamieson (MEng Materials Process Engineering 1986) was recognised for his services to Local Government. He is currently the Chairman of the Local Government Association.

Professor Mahendra Patel (Current staff) was recognised for his services to Pharmacy. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Medical School at the University of Sheffield.

MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)

Lt Col (Retired) Timothy Coombe (BSc Materials Science and Technology 1975) was recognised for his services to the community in Brampton.

Alan Davis (BMet Metallurgy 1982) was recognised for his services to the NHS, particularly during Covid-19. Most recently he has been the Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Estates for South-West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

William Griffiths (BSc Zoology 1968) was recognised for his services to Education, Museums and to the community in Milton Keynes. He is the Director of the Milton Keynes Museum. 

Dr Vivienne Lennox (MB ChB Medicine 1987) was recognised for her services to Education. She is currently the Chair of Governors at Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School, Norfolk.

Rev Jonathan Swales (MA Biblical Research Studies 2003) was recognised for his services to the community in Leeds, particularly during Covid-19. He is the Founder of Lighthouse. 

Andrew Wright (BMus Music 1988) was recognised for his services to Public Libraries.