University members recognised in New Year Honours

A new Knight and a Dame are among the University of Manchester people recognised in the New Year Honours, the first to be granted by King Charles III.

Professor Robina Shah is the Director of the Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience. She has been made a Dame or services to Patient Care. Robina is a Chartered Consultant Psychologist and Professor of Psycho-social Medicine and Medical Education in the Division of Medical Education at The University of Manchester Medical School.

She is the lead academic on person-centred education, patient safety, patient, and public involvement in the Division of Medical Education.

Robina is passionate about giving patients, carers and families a voice through active partnership. She is also a powerful advocate of psychosocial medicine and committed to patient and public involvement.

Over two decades, Robina has shared her teaching expertise in this area to challenge the focus of medical education from a biomedical model of disease to one that accommodates the psychological, social, and behavioural dimensions of illness.

Professor Louis Appleby has been knighted for his services to medicine and mental health. Louis is Professor of Psychiatry at the University and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

Louis leads the Centre for Mental Health and Safety, investigating suicide and self-harm, the largest research unit in this field internationally. Its findings have been the basis of Government policy on suicide prevention and are widely quoted by governments, professionals and charities. From 2000-2010 Louis was seconded as the Government's National Director for Mental Health to lead a national programme of reform in mental health care in England and from 2010-2014 he was National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice. From 2013-2019 he was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator.

Louis was the author of England's first national suicide prevention strategy and continues to co-chair (with a health minister) the Government's advisory group on suicide prevention. He has written reports on suicide prevention after the Grenfell fire for the NHS and on doctors facing investigation for the GMC.

Professor Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, has been made a CBE for services to Soil Ecology and Climate Change Science.

Over the last thirty years, Richard's research has led to advances in the area of plant-soil interactions, with a particular focus on understanding impacts of plants on soil microbial communities and feedback consequences for plant growth and ecosystem processes, especially carbon and nitrogen cycling. Richard has published over 350 scientific papers, including many highly cited works in leading journals such as Nature and Science. He has also authored and co-authored several books,

Richard has a long-standing commitment to promoting awareness of soil biodiversity research. To this end, he was a founder member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI), established in 2011 to create a global platform for the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into policy, and he contributed to the UN's Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils report The Status of the World's Soil Resources (2015).

Professor Chas Mangham, has an honorary chair at the University. He has been made MBE for services to Forensic Science. He is Professor of Musculoskeletal Pathology, University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

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