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Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

This letter invites nominations for the Birthday 2012 Honours list. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 7 September 2011.

We will shortly begin to compile our list of people whose names might be put forward to 10 Downing Street as possible recipients of a national honour in the Birthday 2012 Honours list. I am seeking fresh citations from the heads of all HEFCE-funded higher education institutions for this purpose.

Recognising the contribution of people working in higher education is extremely important. We would therefore like you to put forward recommendations for your colleagues, undoubtedly among the best in their field, from all areas of the sector including research, scholarship, and teaching.

The Secretary of State is keen to promote more grass-roots candidates so we would like to encourage nominations at all levels within institutions, particularly administrative staff in manual, clerical or other support roles, who have made an outstanding contribution and had a positive impact on both students and colleagues.

We would especially welcome nominations for female candidates, particularly those at senior level, and for ethnic minority candidates as these groups are generally under-represented in the nominations received.

All nominations must be made electronically on the Cabinet Office citation form. If you wish to make a nomination the form, instructions on how to complete it and general guidance can be downloaded below.

Completed forms should be e-mailed to Paula McLeod at no later than Wednesday 7 September 2011.

Yours sincerely

Sir Alan Langlands
Chief Executive


The form and instructions on how to complete it are no longer available.

Date: 21 July 2011

Ref: Circular letter 18/2011

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Enquiries should be directed to:

Paula McLeod, tel 0117 931 7345, e-mail