Read the full New Year Honours list and find out more about how to nominate someone for an award. 789 (72%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity; 556 women are recognised in the List, representing 51% of the total; 9.1% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background; 11% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010); 3.3% of recipients identified as being LGBT+. The New Year’s Honours List 2020, published on Saturday 28 December, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.The List celebrates a range of extraordinary young people across the UK. MBEs are awarded to: 25 year old Yusuf Patel for his work in tackling extremism in London; 21 year old award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; and 27 year old Mete Coban, the co-founder of My Life My Say, for his work transforming youth engagement in democracy. BEMs are received by: 21 year old disability advocate Jack Marshall; and 13 year old Ibrahim Yousaf, the youngest person on the list, for his charity work in Greater Manchester.Over half of the recipients in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 are women, including 44% of awards at the highest levels. The List includes leaders and pioneers from all fields. There are damehoods for the Chief Executive of Citizens’ Advice, Gillian Guy, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Professor Lesley Regan, and Chief Executive of the John Lewis Partnership, Sharon White. Chemical engineer and Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, Professor Lynn Gladden. Writer Rose Tremain and potter Professor Magdalene Odundo are also recognised. There are CBEs for Chief Executive of the Samaritans, Ruth Sutherland, pioneering aerospace engineer Jenny Body, Chief Executive of Blackburne House, Clare Dove, and Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Claire Horton.To mark the start of the World Health Organisation’s ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ in 2020, twelve nurses and five midwives who have dedicated their lives to helping others and improving healthcare in the UK receive honours at OBE, MBE and BEM level. Among them are MBEs for Nicolette Peel, a midwife who has dedicated her time to supporting women affected by cancer during pregnancy and their families, and Elizabeth Evans, who has developed stoma care services.Singer-songwriter and activist Sir Elton John and historian Sir Keith Thomas both become Companions of Honour. There are damehoods for entertainer and charitable fundraiser Olivia Newton-John and broadcaster and campaigner Baroness Floella Benjamin. There is a knighthood for film and theatre director Sam Mendes and CBEs for actress Wendy Craig; DJ Annie Nightingale; veteran radio critic Gillian Reynolds; and screenwriter Steven Knight. At OBE, there are awards for broadcaster June Sarpong; founder member of Queen, Roger Taylor; and author and chef, Nigel Slater.Following a memorable year for British sport, a number of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to sport in the UK are honoured – both at the grassroots and professional level. This list celebrates a high number of sportswomen, including a damehood for Director of Women’s Football at the FA Sue Campbell; an OBE for World Taekwondo Champion Jade Jones; MBEs for former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton; England’s football midfielder Jill Scott; Netball World Cup Captain Serena Guthrie and broadcaster Gabby Logan.Elsewhere in sport, a knighthood goes to veteran cricketer Clive Lloyd and a number of awards go to the squad, coaching team and grassroots volunteers involved in England’s significant victory at the ICC Cricket World Cup. Recognised are One-Day Captain Eoin Morgan and ECB Chairman Colin Graves at CBE; coach Trevor Bayliss and Vice-Captain Ben Stokes at OBE; and Joe Root and Joseph Buttler at MBE. There are BEMs for Ray Bainbridge, Christopher Sheldon and Afzal Pradhan – all volunteer ‘cricketeers’ at the World Cup 2019.Once again, this Honours List also includes inspirational people who have dedicated their lives to Holocaust and genocide remembrance and education, sharing their stories with schoolchildren around the UK. As survivors, they have demonstrated extraordinary personal resilience and commitment, championing tolerance and diversity, and playing a vital role in ensuring future generations continue to learn from the past.Also honoured at MBE level is D-Day veteran Harry Billinge for his exceptional contribution and passionate commitment to raise funds for the British Normandy Memorial, which commemorates the fallen under British Command during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.OverviewThis Honours List continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK. In total 1,097 people have received an award. 941 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level – 315 at BEM, 397 at MBE and 229 at OBE: The Prime Minister continued the strategic steer to the Main Honours Committee that the honours system should support children and young people to achieve their potential, enhance life opportunities, remove barriers to success and work to tackle discrimination.Local CommunitiesIn total, 72% of awards in the New Year Honours List 2020 go to people who have undertaken outstanding work in or for their local community. Awards include OBEs for Charlotte Hill; Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve, which promotes social action among young people; Dave Hewett, co-founder of Intensive Interaction, a programme to help people with learning disabilities improve their communication skills; and Osmond Junior Smart, founder of the SOS County Lines Gangs Project, London’s largest gang exit programme.Supporting Children and Young PeopleAround 8.7% of awards are for work in education. The independent Education Honours Committee has recommended a damehood for Caroline Allen, CEO of Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, which focuses on special educational needs; and a CBE for Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House of Education, University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. At OBE, there are awards for Mirella Bartrip, Director of Dance Trinity Laban; Neena Lall, Headteacher of St Stephen’s Primary School, Newham; and Matthew Hyde, Chief Executive of the Scout Association. There are MBEs for racial equality champion Kalwant Bhopal and Catriona Worthington, Director of the Westminster House Youth Club for her work with Children and Young People in South East London.Economic ActivityIndustry and the economy make up 12.3% of this Honours List. The independent Economy Honours Committee continued to highlight entrepreneurs, emerging sectors and those who have made striking interventions in established sectors across the UK. It has recommended damehoods for Teresa Graham, Chair of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Advisory Committee, UK Finance. At CBE there is an award for the Chair of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Elizabeth Fagan. Ruth and Tom Chapman, co-chairs of Matchesfashion.com, are awarded OBEs, alongside Tracy Fishwick, the founder of the Transform Lives Company, which works to raise employability of those furthest from the labour market.Science, Technology and HealthAround 14.6% of honours are for work in the Science, Technology and Health sectors. In a strong field, the respective committees have recommended a damehood for Professor Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy, University of Oxford. Knighthoods go to Professor Anthony Cheetham, Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge and Dr Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice-President, Innovative Medicines and Early Development Biotech Unit at AstraZeneca. At OBE, there are awards for Debra Adams, Head of Infection Prevention and Control (Midlands and East), NHS England and NHS Improvement; Rachel Coldicutt, Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone; and Yewande Akinola, for services to Engineering Innovation and Diversity in STEM.
Stephanie Mola graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 and moved to Florida to work for Johnson & Johnson, but a “Notre Dame itch” brought her back to South Bend a year later. “Along the way there just seemed to be a big part of me missing and a lot of it pointed me back here,” she said. “And this just kind of fell in my lap and seemed like the perfect fit.” Now, as the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s young alumni programs manager, Mola is one of many young graduates to work for her alma mater. While Mola said she is happy to be back at Notre Dame, there are differences between being a student on campus and being an employee. For example, she said students are not necessarily aware of the number of people who work on campus as full-time University employees. “Now I walk around and see all these people I work with that I didn’t really know existed before,” she said. One difficult part of returning to Notre Dame as an employee, Mola said, is separating herself from student life because she has friends who are still undergraduates. As a former Notre Dame softball player, it is especially difficult for her to be on campus but no longer playing with the rest of the team. “It’s hard to seem them. It’s hard to go by the field and hear about them going to practice, and I’m not going with them,” she said. Because Mola graduated recently, however, she said she is better able to do her job at the Alumni Association, where she organizes programs for both for current students and alumni who graduated within the past 10 years. Mola said she has also learned since she began working at the Alumni Association that people who work for the University, even if they are not alumni, are just as enthusiastic about Notre Dame as the student body. “I guess an easy parallel from both perspectives is Notre Dame’s pretty well-known for having great people,” she said. “Everybody here is so welcoming and wants you to do well, just like when you were a student.” Mola said she does not know what she will do in the future, especially since her current position is best filled by a young alum. She said she would be open, however, to other positions at the University. “I’ll tell you, I left this place once and it’s going to be hard to do it again,” she said. “So I can definitely see myself staying here for a long time.” John Whitty, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate who now works for the athletic department’s Joyce Grants-in-Aid Program, said he also experienced a transition from being a student to being a University employee. Unlike Mola, Whitty began working for Notre Dame immediately following graduation. “I think it’s definitely a different experience working for a university than attending a university, but it’s been a good opportunity to see the different sides of the University as a whole,” Whitty said. “And I’m bummed that my card doesn’t work at the dining hall anymore.” He currently works with donors who give enough to the Athletic Department each year to fund one student athlete’s scholarship. Whitty did not plan to stay at Notre Dame following graduation, but he began working in the athletic department during the second semester of his senior year. “As the semester progressed, I talked to my superiors and they expressed interest in keeping me,” he said. “It was pretty much too good of an opportunity to pass up. So I decided to stay here and it’s actually worked out pretty well.” Because he works for the athletic department, Whitty said the contrast between his life and that of undergraduate students is perhaps best exemplified on home football weekends. “I get to see a lot of insider stuff from places we take the donors, but it’s definitely not … the student weekend football experience,” he said. “I’m pretty busy on football weekends, but I definitely don’t get to tailgate.” Although he would like to go to graduate school for business or sports administration in the future, Whitty said he is happy in his current role at the University. “I like where I’m at right now, but I’m always open to options other places as well,” he said. “There’s no question that if there were positions available … I would stay at Notre Dame.” Sarah Rodts, also a 2009 Notre Dame graduate, began working for the University’s athletics media relations office following graduation. Rodts had planned to go to law school following graduation, but said she realized last spring she was not passionate about it. During the final semester of her senior year, she cancelled her plans to work at a law firm in Chicago and decided to work toward her dream of being a sports broadcast reporter. Now, she splits her time between two jobs: one at Notre Dame, and one at WNDU, a local television station. “In terms of whether or not I thought I would end up doing it last year at this time, absolutely not, … but as it’s all falling into place, it could not be more perfect,” Rodts said. “I’m learning a lot about athletics and how it is to work in the media, but then I’m on the other side of it, too.” Rodts said one of the highlights of working for athletics media relations thus far was serving as the University liaison to an Adidas production crew that came to campus on a football weekend to shoot a commercial. While it is difficult to transition from student life to working 13-hour days, seven days a week, Rodts was prepared for the change. “I was going to have to separate my undergrad life from the post-grad life,” she said. In addition, she said her busy work schedule does not allow her much time to miss being a student. Even though she was prepared to face this transition, Rodts said it is hard when she does not have time to see her friends who are still undergraduates. But her current positions are perfect for her planned career path, and she is happy to remain at Notre Dame. “I’m still so much a part of the University, and I don’t feel like graduation has made me any less a part of it,” she said.
Acclaimed neuroscientist Professor George Paxinos AO is among ten leading researchers who were honoured for their work in this year’s NSW Premier’s Science and Engineering Prizes.The award ceremony took place at Government House in Sydney on 7 October.Professor Paxinos claimed the top prize in the category of Medical Biological Sciences (cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics).Newcastle’s laureate engineering professor Scott Sloan won Scientist of the Year, receiving a trophy and a $55,000 cash prize, while eight other esteemed professionals were recognised for excellence in their fields of specialisation and each awarded a prize of $5,000.Held annually since 2008, the purpose of the institution is to honour science pioneers for their contribution and raise the community’s awareness of their work.“The Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering are about celebrating our incredibly talented scientists and engineers, who, through their innovation, collaboration, resourcefulness and impact, have contributed to major advances in our well-being and economy,” said NSW Premier Mike Baird.After finishing high school in Ithaca, Professor Paxinos received his BA in Psychology at the University of California and his PhD at McGill University, followed by a postdoctoral year at Yale University.In 1994 he moved to Australia and continues his academic work as Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and Professor of Psychology and Medical Sciences at the University of NSW.The 70-year-old neuroscientist has won numerous accolades and has been a member of the Academy of Athens since 2012, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 2009.The first book he authored, in collaboration with Charles Watson, titled The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates holds a place among the most cited scientific texts of all time.He has since then published 160 research papers and 45 books on the structure of the brain and spinal cord of humans and experimental animals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram