Delight for University staff in New Year’s Honours

Professor Paul O'Brien
Being named in the New Year’s honours list has a marvellous distinction from purely academic recognition
Professor Paul O'Brien
  • Four University staff honoured in Queen's New Year list
  • University supporters also among those named
Professor Karen Luker

Four University of Manchester staff members have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Paul O’Brien, Head of the School of Materials and Professor of Inorganic Materials in the School of Chemistry, received a CBE for services to Science and Engineering.

Professor O’Brien’s research centres on developing new chemical processes for thin films and nanoparticles; especially of chalcogenide containing materials. In 2002 he founded Nanoco, an AIM listed company that manufactures nanoparticles. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and edited many books, including a series on nanoscience and technology.

Professor O’Brien said: “I am delighted to receive the award in recognition of the contributions I have made in the public sector, both locally in the North West, nationally – notably in the Royal Society of Chemistry, and also internationally. Being named in the New Year’s honours list has a marvellous distinction from purely academic recognition.”

Karen Luker, Queen’s Nursing Institute Professor of Community Nursing and former Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, was also awarded a CBE, this time for services to nursing.

Professor Luker’s research focuses on the daily experiences of people living with long-term health problems, including cancer where the focus is on issues relating to returning to work and the financial impact of the disease.

Professor Luker also works to identify the elements of district nursing that make a real difference to patients, families and lay carers, who provide the majority of care for people nearing the end of life, and has developed interventions with carers that will assist them in providing quality nursing care to patients at home.

She said: “I was both surprised and delighted to receive this honour. I see it as recognition of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, and the hard work of all the staff.”

Dr Amy Hughes, Clinical Lecturer in emergency humanitarian response at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, was awarded an MBE for services to humanitarian and emergency medicine.

Dr Hughes is a trainee specialist in emergency medicine and was presented with the Points of Light award by Prime Minister David Cameron in January last year following deployment to Sierra Leone where she led the first wave of NHS volunteers as part of the UK’s response to Ebola. Dr Hughes also works with UK-Med, the University-based charity which manages the UK deployment register to disaster zones.

Terry Priest also received an MBE for his work in the University’s Faculty of Life Sciences. Terry has worked at the University for the past 41 years. He said: “This award is recognition of the best practice encouraged by the University and carried out by my technical support staff.”

Individuals with close ties to the University to receive honours in the New Year’s list include:

Norman Stoller, who was knighted for ‘philanthropic service’. In addition to supporting undergraduate access scholarships for disadvantaged students to attend The University of Manchester, the Stoller Charitable Trust has made significant contributions towards both biomarker and cancer research at the University. These programmes are helping us to become a world-leader in finding markers of disease or response to drugs in order to personalise medicine and move away from a one size fits all approach.

Jean Oglesby was awarded a CBE for ‘Services to Philanthropy in the North West’. The Oglesby Charitable Trust has supported a wide variety of programmes at the University, from leukaemia research and public health policy programmes across Greater Manchester to PhD scholarships and commissioned artworks across campus.

Anthony Preston was awarded a CBE for services to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. The founder of animal care firm, Pets at Home, Anthony volunteers his time to the University by serving on the Advisory Board for the Alliance Manchester Business School.


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Dr Paul Slater
Congratulations from me to both Karen Luker and Terry Priest
Congratulations Karen!

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