We are delighted to announce that two members of staff from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list; Mr Alan Murdoch, Senior Technical Manager in the Institute of Biomedical Research and Professor Celia Moss, Honorary Professor of Paediatric Dermatology and Consultant in Paediatric Dermatology at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


Alan Murdoch has been awarded the British Empire Medal. The award acknowledges the 40 years he has spent being involved in both teaching and research, supporting thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mr Murdoch, who joined the University’s Anatomy Department as a trainee technician in June 1976 at the age of 19 and worked his up to his present position, is recognised for services to medical education and research.

Mr Murdoch commented: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I received the letter. To say I am delighted to have been given this honour would be an understatement. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some great colleagues over the last 40 years and a lot of credit has to go to them because without their help and support I would not have received this award.’ 

Professor Celia Moss was awarded an OBE for years of dedicated work helping young people with skin conditions, improving and pushing the boundaries of care provided to thousands of children since joining Birmingham Children's Hospital in 1990.

From a part-time minor outreach of neighbouring adult services 26 years ago, Professor Moss has been the driving force behind what is today a full-time specialist service that treats patients from across the country.

Professor Celia Moss commented: “I know you hear a lot of people in this position say this but I was totally surprised when I was told the news. I feel highly honoured but also very fortunate, as I’m just doing what I really enjoy doing."