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City staff recognised in New Year Honours list

City University London staff have been awarded for their achievements in the New Year Honours list.

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Professor of Nursing, Julienne Meyer and Volunteer Archivist and Alumni Events Organiser Alan Parish are among 1,164 people recommended to the Queen for an award this year. The New Year Honours list pays tribute to the achievements and service of a wide range of people across the United Kingdom and has been published annually since 1890.

Professor of Nursing, Care for Older Adult, Julienne Meyer

Professor Julienne Meyer, School of Health Sciences, was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to Nursing and Older People.

"I was really surprised to learn that I had been nominated for a CBE," Julienne said. "I was asked to keep it secret, so apart from my immediate family, nobody knew. When it became official in the New Year Honours list, I felt absolutely delighted not only for myself, but also for all those who are passionate about quality of care for older people."

Professor Meyer leads research in Care for Older People at City and is Executive Director of My Home Life Programme (MHL), a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people. She joined City in 1996 as a Reader before being promoted to her current position as Professor of Nursing. Internationally recognised for her expertise, Professor Meyer has spent the last eight years involved in research and development in care homes.

Julienne Meyer and Alumni Events Organiser Alan Parish are among 1,164 people recommended to the Queen for an award this year
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Julienne began her career at Charing Cross Hospital and went on to become a nurse tutor at West Thames School of Nursing. Prior to City, Julienne worked for King's College London as a research fellow and lecturer and was seconded, one day a week, to work for King's Healthcare NHS Trust as a consultant in research and development.

City Volunteer Archivist and Alumni Events Organiser, Alan Parish

A BEM (British Empire Medal) was awarded to Alan Parish for his services to Higher Education. Alan said he was "very surprised" to have received the BEM because "it was so unexpected." He added, "the Cabinet Office letter requested strict confidence, so I told nobody until it was officially announced in the London Gazette."

Alan has been associated with City since 1958 when he joined the Northampton College of Advanced Technology as student. In 1960 he was appointed as a Junior Technician in Electrical Engineering and went on to fulfil the role of Experimental Officer until his retirement in 1992. Since then, Alan has remained heavily involved with the University, organising highly regarded staff-alumni reunions and acting as Mace Bearer at City graduation ceremonies. Between 1982 and 2005, Alan also maintained the University's iconic Victorian clock enabling its accurate timekeeping.

Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Sanowar Khan has worked with Alan for over twenty years. He describes Alan as "an excellent colleague and friend."

Alan has served the University and the School consistently and diligently for over 50 years and he continues do so even today, long after his official retirement. His attention to detail and his tireless efforts to get things right never cease to amaze me - Professor Sanowar Khan.

Professor Meyers and Mr Parish will collect their medals at a civic presentation and have been invited to a royal garden party held later in the year.

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