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Jan. 7, 2019

University of Glasgow academics recognised in New Year Honours

University of GlasgowAcademic staff from the University of Glasgow have been recognised in the 2019 New Year Honours.

Professor Iain McInnes, the Muirhead Professor of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; Ann Allen, Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services; and Cathy Bell, former Director of Development and Alumni, have all been selected for this year’s civilian list. While Major Iain MacDonald – a senior technician in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow has been recognised in the military list.

Professor McInnes receives a CBE for services to medicine. Speaking about his work he says, ”Arthritis remains a major challenge for millions of people. It is lovely to receive this surprising but most welcome honour reflecting the extraordinary efforts of our team as we combat arthritis and seek to improve the lives of those affected.”

Ann Allen is being given an MBE for services to higher education, she explains, “I am both surprised and humbled by this award. I believe that what we are achieving at University of Glasgow’s Gilmorehill campus is truly transformational, both in the masterplan and the way we are trying to deliver it. The Estates Directorate is there to support all the amazing work of our students and researchers and that is where recognition should be. Whilst I get the honour, it should actually be for the whole Directorate as due recognition to the incredible estates team that is contributing so much to the success of the University.”

Cathy Bell, who retired from the University of Glasgow in 2017, is also honoured with an MBE for services to education and charity. She was delighted when she found out she’d been honoured, saying, “I am completely overwhelmed to have been recognised in this way, but this award is a greater recognition of the Glasgow Family of world changers – the many wonderful Development & Alumni Office colleagues with whom I worked for over 30 years – the inspirational academic and professional colleagues who made the job of establishing and grounding fund-raising at the University of Glasgow so much easier. Add into that mix the humbling and extraordinary generosity of our alumni and friends and really, my job was very straightforward! The belief of the University Management and particularly the backing of and investment by the five successive Principals for whom I worked made the job of setting up and growing the Development and Alumni Office an exciting and rewarding career. I now look with great satisfaction at the work being expanded and taken forward with the wonderful £1bn development of our main campus. As always I am in awe of the Glasgow Family.”

Major MacDonald is also thrilled and surprised to receive such an honour, saying, “I am absolutely over the moon to receive this honour. It was so unexpected and it would never have happened were it not for the great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure of working with and for over the last 30-plus years.”

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Content added on 7th January 2019.  

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