The Scholars On The New Year Honour's List
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The Scholars On The New Year's Honours List

Jasmyne Jeffery December 31, 2022

The Honours List doesn’t just celebrate celebrities. Sportspeople, charity workers and endless others rightly claim awards for their hard work. Academics are also applauded! Here are the scholars on the New Year Honours list.

Although we often hear about the famous faces being recognised the most, they aren’t the only important ones on the New Year’s Honours list. Lots of academics have also been given titles by King Charles III‘s in the first Honours list of his reign.

The Scholars On The New Year’s Honours List

The following scholars, teachers and academics have been awarded in the 2023 New Year’s Honours list.

Scholars On The New Year’s Honours List Awarded DBE

Professor Dame Hermoine Lee

The scholar is a literary critic and professor at Oxford University. She has completed biographies on Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald and Tom Stoppard. Her biographical work was recognised in 2018 when she was awarded the Biographer’s Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution. Lee became the first female President of Wolfson College in 2018 and led it to become one of Oxford’s largest colleges. She also founded the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at the college, which now has an international reputation.

Professor Dame Lyn Chitty

As the UK’s only Professor of Fetal Medicine and Genetics, Chitty developed the charts we use today to measure the baby’s development during pregnancy. The NHS now commission testing into genetic conditions which she pioneered.

Dame Nicola Whitmont

Leaving the position earlier this year, Whitmont was the first CEO of the Office for Students. She led the transition to a new regulatory regime for HE and oversaw the registration of 400 colleges and universities. Focusing on student interests whilst maintaining the sector, she promoted equality in opportunities for disadvantaged students in HE.

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Dame Sally Dicketts

The next scholar on the New Year’s Honours list is the leading board member of the ETF (Education and Training Foundation) and President of the Association of Colleges, Sally Dicketts. During the pandemic, she offered strong leadership to 220 colleges and now mentors newer principals and contributes to the Prep for CEO programme at Oxford University.

She was also Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network where she led issues on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Professor Dame Heather McGregor

The former Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School tens of thousands of students were recruited across 160 countries to the renewed distance learning MBA programme. She continues to donate her time to charities supporting the employment of young people in minority ethnic careers. The MBA programme is now delivered in Lebanon because of McGregor.

She continues to support women’s careers, in and out of academics.

Professor Dame Cathryn Nutbrown

Nutbrown contributed heavily to the development of policies regarding early years workforce qualifications. She has supervised 100 Master’ and Doctoral students’ studies in early years work and is now Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Nutbrown is also the Honourary President of The British Association for Early Childhood Education.

Dame Norma Redfearn

The next teacher to be acknowledged on the New Year’s Honours list is Norma Redfearn. Redfearn is awarded for turning West Walker Primary School and the local community around Newcastle Upon Tyne. In 1997, she was the first headteacher to be awarded The Public Management Leadership prize.

She then devoted her life to politics and served as the Cabinet Member for children and young people services on North Tyneside council between 2005 and 2009. Her tenure is now considered as one of the best in the country.

Redfearn was the mayor of North Tyneside between 2013 and 2017, which now has some of the best schools in the country.

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Scholars On The New Year’s Honours List Awarded Knight Batchelor

Sir Ian Bauckham

Bauckham claims his award for creating Oak National Academy. As Chair, he helped 2 million children per week during the pandemic. He is also Chair of Ofqual, leading the country to successful GSCE, A-Level and Technical award qualifications. Bauckham also chaired the country’s biggest-ever teaching training reform to help students and teachers at a national level.

He has been an expert advisor to Ofsted and the government.

Professor Sir Peter Mathieson

Acknowledged next as a scholar on the New Year’s Honours list is Sir Peter Mathieson. The University of Edinburgh has reached it’s highest ever position in the QS World University Ranks under his direction. The university’s DDI initiative has offered over 11000 jobs in construction and start-ups providing data into COVID 19. Mathieson was also Impact Chamoin for the United Nations Equality HeforShe initiative which promotes equal opportunities.

He is also a board member for Universities UK, the Russell Group and the Scottish Funding Council.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.