University of Sheffield academic recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Dean of the University of Sheffield’s world-leading School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for his outstanding contribution to health research.

Professor Jon NichollProfessor Jon Nicholl has been named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced at the weekend (13-14 June 2015).

Professor Nicholl joined the University in 1981 as a medical statistician and became Professor of Health Services Research in 1994. He took up post as Dean of ScHARR in 2010 and was recently appointed the inaugural Director of the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR).

His main field of research is the evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care, particularly Accident and Emergency services, and also the methodological research related to the design of health service evaluations.
“I was surprised and delighted to hear about the honour – in fact I think it is fair to say I was absolutely astonished,” said Professor Nicholl.

“I have lived and worked in Sheffield since the early 1980s and have enjoyed every minute of it.”
He added: “My CBE is not just about my own work – it really reflects the esteem in which ScHARR is held.
“The School was founded just 20 years ago and is now recognised nationally as one of the UK’s leading health research groups.”

ScHARR tackles some of the world’s biggest health challenges to improve the health and care of people in the UK and around the world.

The world-class research influences global health decisions and government policy on a variety of issues, from the implementation of new drugs to a minimum unit price for alcohol.

ScHARR is one of the largest and most dynamics schools of health research in the UK. It employs over 300 members of staff and has access to some of the best research and training facilities. Uniquely, ScHARR brings together individuals with cutting-edge skills and expertise from across the health sciences and public health, including practitioners, clinicians, statisticians, health economists and experts in political science.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “It is wonderful to see that the superb work carried out by Professor Jon Nicholl over so many years has been recognised in this very well-deserved national honour.

"ScHARR, which he leads, is rightly held in the very highest regard nationally and internationally, and its research makes a real difference to the lives of individuals of all ages across society. He is an inspiration to many of us, and we are delighted to share in this wonderful news.”

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