UCL News


Queen's Birthday Honours for the UCL community

13 June 2018

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Jane Dacre  

Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians has been made a dame, receiving a DBE for services to Medicine and Medical Education. Professor Dacre's posts at UCL include Vice Dean and Director of Medical Education, UCL, between 2007 and 2010 and Professor of Medical Education at UCL.

Professor Dacre has designed several high profile exams and has led a research consultancy on the development of the tests of competence for the UK General Medical Council's (GMC) Fitness to Practise Procedures. She was a member of the Council of the GMC in 2009- 2012, and was chair of their Education and Training Committee.

On receiving her damehood, Professor Dacre said, "I am humbled and delighted to receive a DBE for services to Medicine and Medical Education. I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their support along the way, especially those who have focussed their scholarship on education. It is particularly exciting to receive the award during the 500th anniversary year of the Royal College of Physicians, during my Presidency.

"UCL was where my journey in medicine first started, so I am grateful for the opportunities that it has given me and proud to still be a member of the UCL Medical School family."

Simon Denegri (UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences), Director for Patients, Carers and the Public in Research at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has been awarded an OBE for services to Public Health and Social Care Research.

Rosemary Davis, Professor Emeritus at the UCL Institute of Education, has been awarded a CBE for services to Education. On receiving the award Professor Davis said, "'I re-joined the IOE in 2011 after 26 years mostly spent in Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean and South East Asia on Development Education. 

As a former teacher and headteacher before becoming an academic, founding the Primary PGCE course at the Institute, I am humbled to receive the honour of CBE and proud, also, to be part of the IOE."

Dr Benjamin Clifford, a UCL graduate and currently a UCL Senior Lecturer (Bartlett School of Planning) has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to policing as a Special Chief Officer in the British Transport Police.

"I was touched that people took the time to nominate me for the voluntary service which I do on top of my full-time role at UCL. UCL has an active volunteer support unit and colleagues have always been very supportive.

"Volunteering is a great way to give something back to society and whilst it can be challenging to be a part-time police officer, it's also been hugely rewarding to have been able to help many people over the years," said Dr Clifford. 

Other awards to UCL alumni, former staff and honorary degree holders represented in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list include:

  • Professor Chris Husbands, former Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), KBE for services to Higher Education. 
  • Ms Judith Sarah Bernstein (UCL Master of Laws, 1986) OBE for public service    
  • Professor Julia Buckingham (UCL MPhil Pharmacology, 1974) CBE for services to Biology and Education.
  • Dr David Craig (UCL alumnus, 1990) MBE for services to Dental Patients.
  • Ms Jane Duncan (UCL Bachelor of Science, 1974) President, Royal Institute of British Architects, OBE for services to Diversity in the Architecture Profession.
  • Professor Pamela Enderby, MBE (Graduated 1970) OBE for services to Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Mr Kenneth Follett (UCL Bachelor of Arts, 1970) CBE for services to Literature and charity.
  • Mr Nitesh Gor (UCL, Bachelor of Pharmacy, 1997) Founder and Chief Executive, Avanti Schools Trust, OBE for services to Education.
  • Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram (UCL Bachelor of Science, 2004) BEM Plastic Surgery Registrar, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur, Founder of Proximie, OBE for services to Surgery and Innovation.
  • Professor Matthew Hugo Hotoph (UCL Bachelor of Science,1986) OBE for services to Psychiatric Research.
  • Miss Sarah Jane Mears (UCL Master of Arts, 1988) MBE for services to Children and Young People.
  • Mrs Clare Morrison (UCL Bachelor of Pharmacy, 1997) MBE for services to Healthcare.
  • Ms Farshid Moussavi (UCL Grad Dip Architecture, 1989) OBE for services to Architecture.
  • Ms Lindsay Nicholson (UCL Bachelor of Science, 1978) MBE for or services to Journalism and Equal Opportunities.
  • Mr Dhruv Patel (UCL Postgraduate Certificate PG Cert Natural Hazards, 2011) OBE for voluntary service to the British Hindu community and Social Cohesion.
  • Miss Philippa Mary Pearce (UCL PhD) MBE for services to Metal Conservation.
  • Mr Gordon Simmonds, (UCL Bachelor of Science, 1962) BEM for services to the Church Community in Rochford, Essex.
  • Dr Robert Klaber (UCL Master of Science & Doctor of Medicine (Research) MSc Clinical Paediatrics & MD (Res) Clinical Reseach 2006 / 2016 OBE Consultant, General Paediatrics Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for services to Paediatric Care.
  • Dr Wendy Woodhouse (UCL graduate, 1983) OBE for services to Mental Healthcare for Young People.
  • Paul Johnson (UCL Honorary Doctorate, 2018) Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, MBE for services to the Social Sciences and Economics.



  • Professor Jane Dacre