Call For Nominations
Nominations are invited for the award of a Queen’s Honour (which include MBE, OBE, CBE etc ). Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the School (either as a member of staff or in a voluntary capacity) who in your opinion has:
made a real impact on the School/ our students
gained the respect of their peers
changed things for the better at the School
demonstrated innovation or
brought distinction to British life and enhanced its reputation through their work for the School?
The Honours process is managed by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, with honours awarded to a wide range of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in their working lives or in a voluntary capacity. Honours are bestowed twice a year, at New Year and on Her Majesty the Queen’s official birthday in June.
Although individuals are able to submit nominations for Honours direct to the Cabinet Office, nominations sent by the School through Universities UK (UUK) or the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) may have more chance of favourable consideration.
Many areas of service are recognised by Queen’s Honours, including work for charitable causes, or in the local community. However, nominations channelled through HEFCE/UUK are for services to higher education. The School’s Nominations Committee will consider how individuals have served this cause, with particular reference to the School.
It should be stressed that the awards are not within the gift of the School. There is a long lead-in period between the date for submission through HEFCE/UUK and the appearance of the Honours lists. We do not receive feedback from HEFCE/UUK once a nomination has been submitted; and will only know if a nomination has been successful when the official lists are published in the media. The nomination may remain live for a number of years.
Strict confidentiality at all stages is crucial, as any breach may jeopardise the possibility of an award being made. The person nominated should not be informed that their name has been put forward for consideration.
When considering nominations, please bear in mind that you should know the individual well enough to be able to provide a citation explaining why you consider him/ her to be worthy of consideration for an award. The Governance Team can assist you in developing such a citation, if that would be helpful. Further letters of support for an individual would eventually be required and we would look to the nominator to suggest who might be approached to provide supporting statements.
Awards recognise lifetime achievement but the nominee must still be involved in the activity for which they are nominated (i.e. in the case of a colleague she/he should still be in post rather than retired; in the case of a Governor she/he should still be actively involved in the work of the School).
Process and Timetable
Names suggested by members of the School are firstly considered by the Nominations Committee of the Court of Governors (comprising elected academic, student and lay governors), who decide who will be put forward through UUK or HEFCE in any given round. Ordinarily, the School will only submit one name in each Honours class per year.
Please make any suggestions, in confidence to Joan Poole, Governance Officer, Governance, Legal & Policy Division, Tower 1, Room 6.01 (firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7955 7825). At this stage we require only a short paragraph explaining why you think the person should be considered for an Honour.
Nominations should be received by Wednesday 28 January 2015.