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UCL President & Provost knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours

14 June 2013

Professor Malcolm Grant, President & Provost of UCL, has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2013 for services to higher education.

Professor Malcolm Grant

Professor Grant is a barrister, environmental lawyer, academic and public servant. He took up the post of President & Provost, the principal academic and administrative officer of UCL, in 2003.

Professor Grant has a distinguished record of public service. He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for services to local government and planning law. He has held numerous public appointments, including as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England (1996-2001), Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (2000-2005) and Chair of The Russell Group of UK research universities (2006-2009).

He is also currently a British Business Ambassador (appointed by the Prime Minister in 2008 and reappointed in 2010), and member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2008). He is also Chair of NHS England, the new body charged with investing the budget of the NHS to secure continuing improvements in the health of the population and the quality of healthcare.

Professor Grant has researched and published widely in areas including planning and environmental law, regulation of biotechnology, local government structures, finance and political management, central-local government relations, human rights, property and participation and environmental dispute resolution.

He will retire from UCL in 2013 following ten years of distinguished service as President & Provost. It has been a period of unprecedented changes and challenges in higher education, but also a time during which UCL has risen meteorically in global rankings and has built upon and consolidated its international reputation as a research powerhouse.

Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council, commented on the announcement: "Malcolm's award is brilliant news. He has done an outstanding job for UCL and been a committed and influential leader within higher education more generally. Of course, a great leader is helped by a great team. The honour is his. The pride in it is ours."

Professor Grant said: "This great honour simply reflects the excellence of UCL and our great advances over the past decade, as a global university of talented staff and students. I've been immensely privileged to serve as Provost through so exciting a chapter of growth and development at an institution about which I feel so passionately."

A full list of members of the UCL community included in the Queen's Birthday Honours will be published shortly. 

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