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Jan. 15, 2019

University of Birmingham staff recognised in the 2019 New Year Honours

University of BirminghamThree members of staff from the University of Birmingham have received New Year Honours for their work. 

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies receives an OBE for services to Higher Education, Faith Communities and the Voluntary Sector. He was delighted when he heard the news, saying, “It's such a wonderful surprise, and I'm completely humbled by the news. When I joined the University of Birmingham 16 years ago, I never expected to get the support that I did in setting up the first ever Sikh Studies course in the country. Being the only Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies in the UK is not something that I take lightly, and it's truly important to understand and reflect upon the diversity of opinions within faith communities in Britain today. Given that we are celebrating the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's birth this year, I consider myself very fortunate to have been blessed with this an honour in such an important year for Sikhs around the world.”

Meanwhile, Dr Malcolm Dick is the Lecturer in Regional and Local History and Director in the Centre for West Midlands History. He is currently working on projects related to the 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt in 2019. Dr Dick receives his OBE for services to History in the West Midlands and comments, “I am more than honoured and surprised to receive this award for services to West Midlands History. I am pleased that it recognises not so much my work but the importance that local and regional history plays in enriching our understanding of people, place and community and how we connect past and present. Working with museums, archives and libraries, local history and community groups and students from undergraduate to PhD level over many years on West Midlands publication, digital, film and heritage projects has been extremely rewarding. It is so important to ensure that universities work with, support and enrich local history activities. I hope that I can continue and enhance the work that I am doing in the future.”

Last, but by no means least, Gail Rothnie, Head of Outreach, receives her MBE for services to Widening Participation in Higher Education. She was delighted when she heard the news, saying, “I am delighted and honoured to have been given this award in recognition of my work to widen participation in Higher Education over the last 15 years. It is also a testament to the hard work and commitment of my colleagues in my university outreach team, the regional Aimhigher Partnership which we lead, the Realising Opportunities partnership of which we were a founding member and colleagues in widening participation across the sector. We are all committed in our work to ensure that students who are currently under represented in our universities are supported to access them, fulfil their potential and progress into rewarding graduate careers, and I feel privileged to work in this field with such committed colleagues and fantastic students.”

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Content added on 15th January 2019. 

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