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Honours for University of Nottingham staff

Two members of staff at The University of Nottingham were recognised in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Nick Miles received an OBE for his work to further UK/China educational interests.

Professor Miles is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), leading on the University’s activities at the campus, which has 5,500 students and more than 500 staff.

Melanie Futer, Manager for Off-Campus Student Affairs, was awarded an MBE for services to higher education and community engagement. She has transformed the University’s engagement with its local community and worked to educate students on their responsibilities as residents of that wider community.

Individuals recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List attend Buckingham Palace or another royal residence during the coming year to receive their honour from Her Majesty the Queen, or another member of the royal family, in person.

Professor Miles said: “This is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of many people and organisations, in both the UK and China, to further and deepen our educational ties. In recognising their efforts I’m very pleased and proud to be receiving this honour.”

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Professor Nick Miles has been awarded an OBE. This honour highlights his outstanding contribution to higher education on a global scale, and we are proud that Her Majesty has recognised the international contribution of a key member of our University.”

Melanie Futer took up her post as Manager for Off Campus Student Affairs in 2004. She conducts an ongoing dialogue with students on issues of social responsibility and lifestyle management, delivered through a scheduled series of events, literature and on-street activity designed to ensure appropriate behaviour towards neighbours.

Mrs Futer said: “I am thrilled and very proud to receive this award. To be honoured with an MBE is just fantastic, and it reflects the work we do with all of our partners, as well as the strides we have been able to make together in community engagement.”

Stephen Dudderidge, Director of Student Operations and Support, said: “I am delighted that Melanie has been recognised in this way.

“Over the past nine years, Melanie has transformed the University’s engagement with its local community and provided an essential conduit for individuals, local groups and local authority representatives."