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Honours at New Year for two at LSE

Jane PughTwo LSE staff members have had their outstanding achievement and service recognised in the New Year Honours list 2011. Jane Pugh (pictured), governance officer in LSE’s Planning and Corporate Policy Division, has received an MBE for services to higher education and Professor Helen Wallace, Emeritus Professor in the European Institute, has been made a Dame for services to social science.

Jane, who has been at LSE on and off since 1976, said: ‘When I first saw the official envelope my immediate thought was - great it must be jury service, something I have always wanted to do. When I opened the letter and saw it had come from the Cabinet Office, I was simply stunned and cried when I read it.

‘I had wanted to come to LSE ever since my A-Level geography teacher told me that he had studied here and I was lucky enough to get a one year placement in the drawing room in the Geography Department. After my course, a job came up in the LSE Drawing Office and the rest you could say is history.

‘What I love about my job is that I meet and deal with so many people, not just in the School, but also outside. I feel extremely grateful to LSE for all the opportunities it has given me, and honoured and thrilled that it has acknowledged me in this way.’

Helen WallaceProfessor Helen Wallace became a Centennial Professor in the European Institute in September 2007, before becoming Emeritus Professor in 2010. Professor Damian Chalmers, head of the European Institute, said: 'We are delighted for Helen. This is a fitting tribute to a wonderful colleague whose academic presence has not only dominated the study of the European Union for a considerable period of time but who has been particularly significant in ensuring the place of academic research within policy-making, be it in Brussels or in London.'

Former LSE staff member Professor Fiona Steele (Department of Statistics, 1996-2001) also received an OBE for services to social science.

The School congratulates the following alumni, who were also honoured:

  • Dr Qadir Bakhsh (MSc Social Psychology 1975)
    MBE for services to community cohesion in the East of England
  • John Dixon (Diploma in Social Policy and Administration 1976)
    Executive director, Adults and Children, and deputy chief executive, West Sussex County Council
    OBE for services to local government
  • Carlene Firmin (MSc Social Policy and Planning 2008)
    Senior policy officer, Race on the Agenda, and chief executive Officer, the Gag Project
    MBE for services to girls' and women's issues
  • Michael Hockney (MSc International Relations 1974)
    MBE for voluntary service to ABF The Soldiers' Charity
  • Bernice Lee (MSc International Relations 1993, PhD International Relations 2001)
    Research director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House.
    OBE for services to UK/China climate change co-operation.
  • Neil Munslow (BSc Sociology 1986)
    Housing services manager, Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
    MBE for services to local government
  • Nigel Newcomen (LLM 1979)
    Deputy chief inspector of Prisons
    CBE for public service
  • Una O’Brien (MSc International Relations 1984)
    Lately director-general, Policy and Strategy, Department of Health
    Companion of the Order of the Bath

For the full list, and more about the Honours system, please see www.direct.gov.uk/honours.