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NU staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

An emeritus professor, an innovation leader and the former Executive Director of Human Resources at Newcastle University, have all been named in the 2017 Birthday Honours List.

Unexpected honour

Emeritus Professor Erica Haimes and Professor Roy Sandbach have been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), while Veryan Johnston has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to higher education.

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.

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

Innovation leader recognised

Professor Roy Sandbach is Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University, a renowned expert on open innovation and he has been awarded an OBE in the honours.

In his role as Director, he brings together a team matching the needs and demands of an ageing population, with world-leading science, technology and design.

 “Real surprise”

Veryan Johnston, who was Executive Director of Human Resources at Newcastle University before her retirement in 2015, has held a range of key positions during her time in the higher education sector. They include Chair of Universities HR, Chair of Russell Group HR Directors, Member of the 2015 Universities UK Review into Efficiency and Effectiveness of HE and a member of the EY review on Recruitment of Researchers. 

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