University of Birmingham staff recognised in New Year Honours

Two leading lights at the University of Birmingham have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Professor Charles Craddock, Professor of Haemato-Oncology at the University, and a consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), receives the CBE for services to medicine and medical research, while the University’s Director of Legal Services, Mrs Carolyn Pike, has been awarded the OBE for services to higher education and the legal profession.

Professor Craddock is Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at QEHB and heads the hospital’s Centre for Clinical Haematology. He was Transitional Director of the £24 million Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine, which opened last year.

In 2003 he-founded the blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia, which has established a network of specialist research nurses.

Mrs Pike read law at Birmingham, qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and spent several years in private legal practice before returning to the University as an honorary lecturer. 

She was appointed Director of Legal Services in 1998 and was pivotal in the setting up of the Association of University Legal Practitioners 16 years ago.  In 2014 she was named one of the UK’s ‘Hot 100’ in-house lawyers by the leading legal journal The Lawyer, the only university lawyer ever to feature on the list, and was also named one of the top 100 Times female lawyers.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University, commented: ‘I am delighted to hear that these two exceptional colleagues have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours. Both have made an outstanding personal contribution to their particular field of expertise, and exemplify the remarkable people we have here at the University of Birmingham.’

Congratulations also go to Professor Deirdre Kelly, of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who is a Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University and has been honoured with a CBE.

Congratulations also go to alumna Chrissie Wellington MBE (BSc Geog 1998), triple Ironman World Champion and honorary Doctor of the University of Birmingham, on her OBE for services for sport and charity.

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