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MMU names in New Year's Honours

Outstanding staff and graduates

OUTSTANDING contributions by staff and graduates have been recognised in the nation’s New Years Honours List.

Eileen Fairhurst, Professor of Health and Ageing Policy and Chair of the Salford Teaching Primary Care Trust, was awarded the MBE for services to the NHS.

Professor Fairhurst is an internationally recognised expert on the social aspects of ageing and illness and is vice-chair of Salford Strategic Partnership and a former chair of Age Concern Manchester.

Sheila Aynsley-Smith, director of student services at MMU for many years, was awarded the MBE for services to education.

Mrs Aynsley-Smith has overseen numerous outstanding projects in student support and welfare, careers, widening participation and learning support, enabling MMU to support a very high number of people with learning difficulties.

Gordon Taylor, the long-serving chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association and a graduate of MMU’s Business School, was made an OBE. Gordon, has worked for the PFA for the last 27 years.

Julie Walters, a graduate of the School of Theatre, and one of Britain's best-loved actresses, was made a CBE for services to drama.

Julie made her name in 1983 with Educating Rita, which landed her an Oscar nomination, and her hit films include Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls and Harry Potter.

Richard Griffiths, another graduate of the School of Theatre, received an OBE. Richard is best known for his roles in Withnail and I, The History Boys and the Harry Potter films.

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