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New Years Honours 2008

03 Jan 2008

Six University of Manchester academics have been recognised in the 2008 New Year's Honours List.

Professor Lou Kushnick , honorary professorial fellow in race relations at The University of Manchester, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the community and to higher education.

Following the murder of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah in a Manchester school playground, Lou established the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and became its first Director. The Centre has become a major open access resource centre engaged in oral history, training of teachers, development of teaching materials, production of primary level fiction and non-fiction books with primary school pupils, their teachers and parents.

Professor Kushnick said: "This is a great personal honour, but much more importantly can be seen as a reward for the whole team involved in the creation and running of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Trust and the work they are doing in combating racism and breaking down barriers between the University and local communities."

Dinah Crystal has been awarded the OBE for services to pro bono legal services. Dinah is director of external relations and clinical education at the School of Law. She has been a solicitor since 1976 and set up the Legal Advice Centre in 2000. The Centre now has around 300 students assisting around 400 clients every year on cases such as landlord and tenant disputes, divorce, probate, consumer and employment cases.

She said: "It's a wonderful thing for the Law School's students to put something back into the community and to give them real life experience which is one of the many reasons why I started up the centre. I also couldn't have done it without the help of local legal community."

Dr Robert Barr , Managing Director of Manchester Geomatics and Honorary Research Fellow in Geographical Information Systems in the School of Environment and Development, has been awarded the OBE for services to geography.

Dr Barr taught geography at the University of Manchester from 1975 to 2005 and was Director of the Manchester Regional Research Laboratory. The laboratory was spun out through Campus Ventures as Manchester Geomatics Limited, which is involved in high-profile geographical work with clients including the Office for National Statistics, Ordnance Survey, the department for Communities and Local Government and Manchester City Council. Dr Barr is also a Borough Council and Cabinet Member in Warrington where he is responsible for Planning, Regeneration, Climate Change and Housing Supply.

Professor Philip Dyer , consultant clinical scientist, has been awarded the OBE for services to Medicine. Professor Dyer, who holds an honorary post at the University of Manchester's Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research (CIGMR), studies genetic markers of immune response and humoral responses (via antibodies) to organ transplantation. He has served on various committees including the ethics committee of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Human Tissue Working Group on the Human Tissue Act (2004-2005). He was the founding chair of the British Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics and President of the British Transplantation Society (2002-2005).

Professor William Shaw , professor of orthodontics at The University of Manchester, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to dentistry. Professor Shaw leads the World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Research on the Treatment of Craniofacial Congenital Anomalies. The world's first such centre, it was set up at The University of Manchester in recognition of the pioneering research into cleft lip and palate and related anomalies carried out by Professor Shaw and his team.

Professor Stephen Furber , professor of computer engineering at The University of Manchester, has also been made a CBE for services to computer science. Professor Furber is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science. Educated at Manchester Grammar School, he is perhaps best known for his work within the R&D department at Acorn Computers, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor, both of which earned Acorn Computers a Queen's Award for Technology.

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