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Professor collects Royal honour from Palace

25 Jun 2008

Bill Shaw, Professor of Orthodontics in the School of Dentistry, attended Buckingham Palace today (Wednesday) to be presented with his CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to dentistry.

Professor Bill Shaw after receiving his CBE at Buckingham Palace
Professor Bill Shaw after receiving his CBE at Buckingham Palace

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 in recognition of the pioneering research into cleft lip and palate and related anomalies carried out by Professor Shaw and his team.

Professor Shaw was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Dr Gunvor Semb, also a University member of staff, and his son and daughter.

In total, six University of Manchester academics were named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in January. They were:

Stephen Furber, Professor of Computer Engineering, was awarded 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.

Philip Dyer, consultant clinical scientist, was honoured with an 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).

Lou Kushnick, Honorary Professorial Fellow in Race Relations, was awarded an OBE for services to the community and to higher education. Following the murder of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah in a Manchester school playground, Professor Kushnick 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 and the development of teaching materials and production of books with primary school pupils, teachers and parents.

Dinah Crystal, Director of External Relations and Clinical Education in the School of Law, was named OBE for services to pro bono legal services. 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.

Finally, Dr Robert Barr, Managing Director of Manchester Geomatics and Honorary Research Fellow in Geographical Information Systems in the School of Environment and Development, was awarded OBE for services to geography. Dr Barr taught geography at the University 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, and Ordnance Survey.

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