UCL Alumni


UCL alumni, supporters and staff recognised in King’s Birthday Honours

27 June 2024

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours, including eight members of our alumni community.

Faces of UCL alumni and staff featured in King's birthday honours

UCL’s alumni, supporters and staff have been acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to public life in the King’s annual Birthday Honours list. The individuals recognised are leading lights in a wide range of fields – from child mental health to Holocaust education.


Eight alumni feature in this year’s list, including Professor Peter Fonagy (UCL Psychology 1974), who received a CBE for services to mental health care for children and young people.

Professor Fonagy is the Head of the UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences. He is a pioneering psychologist who has received many lifetime achievement awards, including those from the British Academy, the World Association for Infant Mental Health and the British Psychological Society. He also serves as the Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, a leading charity for children’s mental health.

Professor Fonagy said: “It is wonderful to be recognised, but this recognition truly belongs to the many colleagues whose brilliance, support, and kindness have enabled any achievement. I am deeply grateful for the award. Working to address mental health issues that so many, including myself, have struggled with has been my life's privilege.”

He is joined on the list by seven fellow alumni:

Nica Burns (LLB Law 1976) received a CBE for services to theatre. Nica was previously honoured with an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Rachel Century (MA Holocaust Studies 2007) received an MBE for services to Holocaust education and commemoration.

Lulu Lytle (Ancient History and Egyptology 1993) received an OBE for services to British manufacturing and craftsmanship.

Pradip Patel (Pharmacy 1976) received an MBE for services to the NHS.

Amar Shah (MBBS Medicine 2003) received an MBE for services to healthcare improvement.

Anna Williams (MSc Perioperative Medicine) received a BEM for services to environmentally sustainable healthcare at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Baroness Alison Wolf (Doctor of Literature (Education), Honorary Degree) received a DBE for services to education. Baroness Wolf was previously honoured with a CBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours.


This year’s list recognised the achievements of three generous UCL supporters:

Jon Moulton, Founder of the Jon Moulton Charitable Trust, received a CBE for charitable service.

Julia Prescot, Deputy Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and an Honorary Professor at UCL, received a CBE for public service.

Asif Rangoonwala, Chairman of the Rangoonwala Foundation, received a CBE for services to charity and to philanthropy.


Alongside Professor Peter Fonagy, six UCL staff members received honours:

Professor Jamshed Bomanji (UCL Medicine) received an OBE for services to the NHS and to global nuclear medicine. Professor Bomanji is the clinical lead and head of department at the UCL/UCLH Institute of Nuclear Medicine.

Professor Qing Gu (IOE, Faculty of Education and Society), Professor of Leadership in Education and Director of UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, received an OBE for services to education.

Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection and Immunity), Emeritus Professor of Virology, received an MBE for services to virology.

Professor Shane Johnson (UCL Security & Crime Science), Professor of Future Crime, received an MBE for public service.

Professor Mervyn Singer (UCL Medicine) received an OBE for services to intensive care. Professor Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL, Director of the Bloomsbury Institute for Intensive Care Medicine, and a critical care consultant at UCLH.

Professor Liz Varga (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), Professor of Complex Systems and director of UCL’s Infrastructure Systems Institute, received a CBE for services to critical infrastructure.

Angharad Milenkovic, UCL’s Vice-President (Advancement), said: “At UCL, we are incredibly proud to see so many members of our community be recognised for their achievements in the King’s Birthday Honours this year. Our staff, supporters and alumni are improving public life in so many different arenas, and it is fantastic to see this hard work be rewarded.”