Five Members of Catz Community Receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are delighted to extend our congratulations to several members of the Catz community for receiving recognition for their work in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Simon Russell Beale, acclaimed star of British theatre, was awarded a knighthood for his services to drama. We were honoured to have Simon as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine’s College, in 2015. Founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation, the Visiting Professorship aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre. During his time in role, Simon delivered a lecture on his personal experience playing Shakespeare in the theatre.

Professor Richard Carwardine, Honorary Fellow of St Catz, was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, in recognition of his services to the study of American history in the UK and USA. Richard was Rhodes Professor of American History from 2002 to 2009 and President of Corpus Christi College from 2009 to 2016. He specialises in the era of the early Republic and Civil War, and has a particular interest in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

Catz alumnus, Dr Samir Shah (1973, geography), was awarded a CBE for his services to television and to heritage. Samir has worked in broadcasting for over 30 years, and is known for high quality journalism and documentaries across a wide range of subjects. He is currently the Chief Executive and Creative Director of Juniper Television.

Professor Sarah Broadie, Ex-Visiting Fellow at Catz, was awarded an OBE for services to classical philosophy. Sarah works as a professor of philosophy at St Andrews, and has published extensively on a wide range of topics in ancient philosophy.

Alumnus Professor Duncan Lawson (1978, mathematics) was awarded an MBE for services to mathematics in higher education. Duncan works as a professor of mathematics at Coventry University and is Co-Director of sigma, Coventry University’s mathematics and statistics support service.


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