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Newcastle University staff recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Emeritus professor, Erica Haimes, has been named in the 2017 Birthday Honours List.

Unexpected honour

We are delighted to share the news that our sociology colleague Professor Erica Haimes has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Erica who is now Emeritus Professor with us, was given the award in recognition of her significant contribution to the social sciences, as both an individual scholar and as founder of the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre here at Newcastle and recognised globally for its contributions to ethical scrutiny of medical and life science innovations.

Professor Haimes, who co-founded Newcastle University’s Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) research centre in 1998, is an eminent sociologist whose work in sociology and bioethics is internationally recognised.

Her work, in collaboration with colleagues in PEALS, Sociology and the Faculty of Medical Sciences, looks at the social and ethical aspects of medical advances and innovations such as IVF, stem cell research and human tissue collection. It has influenced both policy and practice, and she serves on a number of national and international bodies, including the UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Wellcome Trust. She was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2015.

“This was a completely unexpected honour,” said Professor Haimes. “I would like to acknowledge the support and contributions of my colleagues at Newcastle University, and elsewhere, from whom I have learnt a great deal. It has been a real privilege to work with them.

“I would also like to pay particular tribute to the people of the north east of England, who have helped my research enormously; none of my work would have been possible without their generosity and I am grateful for this opportunity to thank them again in public.”

Professor Haimes first joined Newcastle University in 1980 and took early retirement last year, before becoming Emeritus Professor.

Read more about Honours received on the main Press page.


Erica Haimes
Emeritus Professor Erica Haimes

published on: 19 June 2017