Knighthood for University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's honours list for services to science and higher education.

Professor Burnett is an eminent atomic physicist who has also played an important role in developing science Picture of Keith sitting downpolicy in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Council of Science and Technology reporting to the Prime Minister and has offered independent advice on issues such as postgraduate education.

He was also recently appointed to the Infrastructure Council which will advise the Treasury on major investments totalling up to £200 billion over the next five years, including on energy, transport, waste, science, water and telecoms.

As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, Professor Burnett leads a University which combines world-class scholarship with the highest quality teaching. He has also focused attention on the impact of a civic university on wider society, and particularly its city and region. In 2011 the University of Sheffield was named the Times Higher Education University of the Year.

Responding to the announcement, Professor Burnett said: "I am delighted to accept this honour, which I do as the leader of an outstanding team here at the University of Sheffield. Our staff and students are drawn from the brightest and most talented people from all over the world, and others see in us the vision, expertise, determination and culture to use that knowledge to make a difference.

"From addressing the challenges of environmental change or the global economy, to treating diseases and understanding the beginnings of the universe, the University of Sheffield is a powerful force for good. But I also believe that the most important transformation we make is in the lives of our students who go on to benefit society in so many ways. It is this achievement which continues to be one of my greatest sources of pride and pleasure."

Professor Burnett has been a strong supporter of the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, an award-winning collaboration between leading companies such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, as well as over 40 supply chain companies to create a step change in manufacturing. This work led last month to the award of over £37million in Regional Growth Funding to support developments in the manufacturing supply chain, and has led him to be described by industrialists as an exemplary Vice-Chancellor playing a vital role in an area directly relevant to the future economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.

We would also like to congratulate the following alumni and staff who were honoured in the 2013 Queen’s New Year's Honours List:

Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour
Lord Sebastian Coe, CH, KBE (Honorary LLD, 1991). Chair, LOCOG. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Knight Bachelor
Sir David Brailsford, CBE, MBA (MBA Management, 1994). Performance Director, British Cycling. For services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, QPM, MBA (Executive MBA Management, 1999). Commissioner, Metropolitan Police. For services to policing.

CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)
Dr Jessica Ennis, CBE (BSc Psychology, 2007; Honorary LittD, 2009). Heptathlete. For services to athletics.
Professor Richard Parker, CBE (Honorary DEng, 2010). Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce Group. For services to engineering.
Professor Keith Ridgway, CBE (University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre). For services to manufacturing research.

OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
Mrs Kathryn Riddle, OBE, JP (BA Sociology, 1967; LLB Law, 1986). Chair, NHS North of England and Pro-Chancellor, University of Sheffield. For services to the NHS and to higher education.
Professor Richard Wilding, OBE (BScTech Materials Science & Engineering, 1987). Professor and Chair in Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield School of Management. For services to business.

MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
Reverend Canon Paul Denby, MBE, JP, DL (MEd Continuing Education, 1998). For services to the community in Greater Manchester.
Councillor Anthony Favell, MBE (LLB Law, 1960). Councillor and Chair, Peak District National Park Authority. For political and public service.
Ms Lisa Vernon, MBE (BA Archaeology & Prehistory, 1994). Chief Executive, Derbyshire Learning and Development Consortium. For services to learning.

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