Queen’s birthday honours for University of Glasgow

Published: 17 June 2017

Professor Anton Muscatelli, the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow has been awarded a knighthood in this year’s Birthday Honours.

Prof Anton MuscatelliProfessor Anton Muscatelli, the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow has been awarded a knighthood in this year’s Birthday Honours.

There was also recognition for other University of Glasgow academics. Professor David Clark is to receive an OBE for services to education in Dumfries and Galloway and research into end of life care.  Professor Philip Cotton receives an OBE for services to education in Rwanda. Professor Brenda Gibson, lead clinician for haematology and oncology services receives an OBE for services to child healthcare. Emeritus Professor Graham Watt will receive a CBE for services to health care.

Musician, Glasgow graduate and former Young Alumnus of the Year Emeli Sande is awarded an MBE for services to the music industry.‌

Professor Muscatelli receives a knighthood for services to economics and higher education

Professor Muscatelli said, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour. But this is, of course, an award for the whole of the University of Glasgow as much as it for me. It is a privilege to lead the University of Glasgow at this exciting time, especially since this was the place where I chose to study and where I began my academic career as an economist, particularly at a time when the University of Glasgow is embarking on our biggest project of development in more than a century as we develop our campus to provide world class facilities for our students and staff.

'I am also pleased, and proud, as someone who came to the UK from abroad and who believes that science and knowledge transcends national boundaries and borders that this honour has been bestowed upon me’

Professor Muscatelli who was born in Bari, Italy and has both Italian and British citizenship has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.  Prior to 2007 he held various roles at the University of Glasgow including Vice Principal - Strategy, Budgeting and Advancement (2004-07); Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy (1994-2007); and Professor and Lecturer, Department of Economics (1984-94).

David ClarkProfessor Muscatelli chairs the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe, a non-political group set up to provide expert advice to Scottish ministers on protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU. He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers. From September 2017 he will assume the role of Chair of the Russell Group of Universities.

Professor Muscatelli is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. He is a Director of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), Chair of the Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe, a member of the Board of Glasgow Life, and Chair of the Commission on Economic Growth for the Glasgow City Region. He was a member of the steering group of Lord Stern's  Review into university research funding, commissioned by Jo Johnson MP, Universities minister. From 2008-10 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK.

David Clark is Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Glasgow, School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries and leads the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. 

Professor Clark said of his OBE, ‘I am honoured to receive this award which pays tribute to the work of so many people who are seeking to enhance educational opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway. It is also a great boost to the diverse global community in which I work that is focussed on improving the provision of palliative and end of life care, worldwide’.

He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra, Spain and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

He founded the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University in 2003 and has wide ranging interests in the history and global development of palliative care. 

He has a particular knowledge of the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders, has edited her letters and selected publications and is now working on a new biography, to be published in 2018 on the centenary of her birth.  He recently completed a monograph on the history of palliative medicine from the nineteenth century, entitled To Comfort Always, published by Oxford University Press. 

In 2015 he served the Scottish Government as Consulting Editor to its Strategic Framework for Action in Palliative and End of Life Care and assisted the Scottish Parliament in its enquiry We Need to Talk about Palliative Care

Professor Philip Cotton, currently on secondment from the University of Glasgow and serving as Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda is awarded an OBE for services to education in Rwanda.

"The University of Rwanda is a remarkable community of staff and students who are creating an institution that is gaining recognition and esteem around the world. This award is one example of the wonderful cooperation between Glasgow and other leading Scottish universities and the University of Rwanda."

Professor Graham Watt is to receive a CBE. He was the Norie Miller Professor of General Practice from 1994-2016 and Head of the Department/Section of General Practice from 1994-2009. He retired in December 2016 but remains active as Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.

Professor Brenda Gibson is honoured with an OBE for services to child healthcare. Professor Gibson is honoary clinical senior lecturer in the school of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and Honorary Professor on Paediatric Haematology in the Institute of Cancer Sciences.

Notes to Editors:

To request interviews with any of those who have been honoured please contact Peter Aitchison, Director of Communications and Public Affairs peter.aitchison@glasgow.ac.uk 07766 111244 

First published: 17 June 2017

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