University community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The University of Manchester’s Professor of New Writing, Jeanette Winterson has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced over the weekend.

The award-winning writer and acclaimed author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2006. She was appointed Professor of New Writing at The University of Manchester in September 2012.

She recently delivered the BBC’s prestigious Dimbleby Lecture where she examined the recent campaigns promoting the equality of women and explored what can be learnt from the Suffragette movement a century ago.


Also honoured this year was Professor Jaswinder Singh Bamrah, from Sale, for services to mental health, to diversity and to the NHS. Professor Singh is a consultant psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust and an Honorary Reader at the University.

Kidney specialist Professor Donal O’Donoghue has been awarded an OBE. Professor O’Donoghue has worked at Salford Royal for more than 25 years, and has been recognised for his dedicated service to kidney patients. He is also Professor of Renal Medicine at The University of Manchester and an alumnus, graduating with a BSc in Physiology in 1977.

Other alumni on the list include:


  • Roz Hamilton (Diploma in Economics 1981), Director, North West of the National Probation Service, receives a CBE for services to probation and criminal justice.
  • Dr Paul Litchfield (MBChB 1977), BT’s Chief Medical Officer, becomes a CBE for services to wellbeing in the workplace. Dr Litchfield was already the holder of an OBE (2007) for services to occupational health.
  • Jon Rouse (LLB 1989), Chief Officer at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the body responsible for implementing the region’s devolved health strategy, receives a CBE for services to health and social care.


  • Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist and four-time Olympian Diane Modahl (BA Combined Studies 1996) receives an MBE for services to sport and young people in North West England. Dr Modahl, who was also awarded an honorary degree by the University in 2002, is the founder and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation.


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