Staff recognised in New Year’s Honours

Seven staff members have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Services to business

Professor Susan Deacon has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Her award is in recognition for services to business, education and public service.

Professor Deacon is Assistant Principal External Relations and is the chair of the Institute of Directors in Scotland.

Medical research

Professor Christopher Haslett has been made a CBE for his services to medical research.

He is Professor of Translational Medicine.

Popular music

Professor Simon Frith has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition for his services to higher education and popular music.

Professor Frith is the University’s Tovey Professor of Music and has chaired the judging panel for the Mercury Music Prize since it began in 1992.

Veterinary education

Susan Rhind, Professor and Chair of Veterinary Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, has been awarded an OBE for services to veterinary education.

Professor Rhind was appointed as the first Chair of Veterinary Medical Education in the UK in 2007 and Deputy Head of the Vet School in 2011. In 2015 she was appointed as the University’s Assistant Principal for Assessment and Feedback.

Multi-faith education

The Reverend Dr Harriet Harris, the University Chaplain, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

The award was given in recognition of Dr Harris’ services to multi-faith education and community cohesion.

Widening participation

Kathleen Hood, lately head of Widening Participation, has been made an MBE for services to widening participation in higher education.

Research and community

Ellen Scott, lately senior administrator of the Department of Veterinary Scientific Services, has been made a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.

Her honour was in recognition of her services to research and the community in Gorebridge, Midlothian.