Queen’s birthday honours list recognises alumni

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Some of our amazing alumni have been recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours. We’re incredibly proud to celebrate the hard work and dedication of these members of the UWE Bristol community.

Aisha Thomas (LLB(Hons) Law) has been awarded an MBE for her services to education. Aisha is the Founder of Representation Matters, whose mission is to challenge the lack of representation and the inequality in our current education system.

Mark Ryall Edwards (Doctor of Arts) has received an OBE for services to Photography and to the Environment. In 2017 Mark received an honorary doctorate for his work in the medium of photography and via the Hard Rain and Whole Earth exhibitions.

Whole Earth? Aligning n Human Systems and Natural Systems, by Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake (book cover)

Zara Nanu (PhD Social Science) has received an MBE for services to tackling global workplace inequalities and promoting fairness and inclusion. Read our blog post about Zara to find out more.

Dr Zara Nanu
Dr Zara Nanu

Paul Phillips (Doctor of Education) was knighted (received a KBE) for services to Further Education. Paul is the Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College. In 2016 Paul received his honorary doctorate for his service to education across the South West.

Laura McMillan (BA(Hons) Drama) received an MBE in recognition of her services to culture and to the community in Coventry. As Director of Audience Strategy at Coventry City of Culture Trust, Laura was critical to the success of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021.

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