University of Leicester |

Home >> News and Events >> [eBulletin] >> People



buckingham palace University links to Queen's Jubilee Honours

Professor of Surgery receives a knighthood

Professor Peter Bell, Department of Surgery, receives the highest award for a commoner in the Queen's Jubilee Honours - a knighthood for services to surgery.

He was appointed to the post of Professor of Surgery in 1974. His research interests are in the field of basic and clinical vascular surgery. He also has an interest in transplantation. Presently the majority of his work is in vascular surgery - both peripheral vascular and carotid surgery. 

"I am very pleased to receive this honour which I regard as a reflection of all the hard work done by many people in Leicester, in the University and the health service who have helped to make this possible", said Professor Bell.

Professor Peter Bell
Professor Peter Bell

He graduated from Glasgow with an MB, ChB with Honours and Distinction in Surgery in 1961. His other postgraduate qualifications are Primary FRCS (Glasgow), FRCS (England), MD (Sheffield), FRCS (Glasgow).

He is currently Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a member of Cases Committee, Medical Defence Union, and Treasurer of the European Surgical Society. Previous posts to date include former President of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, Chairman of the Society of Academic Surgeons, President of the Vascular Surgical Society for Great Britain and Ireland, and President of Leicester Medical Society.

He has published numerous papers in vascular surgery and transplantation and has served as Editor of the European Journal of Vascular Surgery.

He is a member of several societies, among them the International Transplantation Society (past secretary), The American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the British Society of Immunology and Transplantation (past Committee member), the British Transplantation Society, the Society of Academic Surgeons, the European Surgical Association, and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Surgery past and present

On Tuesday, June 25, as part of the University's 80th anniversary celebrations, Professor Bell gave a public lecture on Surgery Then and Now, outlining the highlights of the Medical School since he first came to Leicester as Foundation Professor of Surgery. 

The Leicester Medical School has seen many changes over the decades, not least the increasing specialisation in surgery, including transplantation, cardiac surgery, urology, orthopaedics and vascular surgery. Over the last few years more changes have led to minimally invasive - or keyhole - surgery. Leicester's reputation in vascular and trasnplant surgery has long been internationally acclaimed. 

Professor Bell's predictions for the future include the increase of surgical specialisation, with fewer operations, and smaller incisions, involving shorter stays in hospital.

Dr Tom McKillop
Dr Tom McKillop
University's Pro-Chancellor receives a knighthood

Dr Tom McKillop, Chief Executive of AstraZeneca plc, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, and Member of the University's Council since 1998 receives a knighthood for services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr McKillop received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Leicester in July 2000.


Order of the British Empire for former Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jack Spence, academic adviser, Royal College of Defence Studies, a former University of Leicester Professor of Politics, and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1981 to 1985, receives an OBE for services to the Ministry.

Professor Spence was Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) from 1991-97. 

In July 2001 the University conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters. "I am delighted to receive an honorary degree from the University of Leicester where I spent 18 very happy years", commented Professor Spence at the time.

Honorary Graduate and Lecturer receive MBEs

Well-known personality Molly Badham, Director of Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, receives an MBE for services to the conservation of endangered species. 

Twycross Zoo, which opened in 1963, was co-founded by Molly Badham. Initially a comparatively modest collection, it is now a major British zoo and attracts 400,000 visitors a year. 

She received the honorary degree of Master of Science from this University in 1982.

Ms Jackie Beere, who has lectured part-time at the University of Leicester, also gains an MBE. Her award is for research into improving motivation in the classroom. As well as lecturing, she has travelled all over the country giving workshops and seminars on her specialist subject. Ms Beere has also written a book aimed at helping students learn how to learn. 

Graduate receives Queen's Police Medal

University of Leicester graduate David Lindley, Deputy Chief Constable, Leicestershire Constabulary, receives the Queen's Police Medal. One of two Leicestershire police officers to receive this honour, he graduated in Biological Sciences in 1974.

June 2002  

Back to People
Back to [eBulletin] index

[University Home][University Index A-Z][University Search][University Help]

Last updated: 21 June 2002 17:00
Created by: Rachel Tunstall
Maintained by: Barbara Whiteman

This document has been approved by the head of department or section.
If you are an authorised user you may edit this document through your Web browser.