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The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 3 September 2014.

Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

Queen’s birthday 2015 honours nominations

1. This letter invites nominations for the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 3 September 2014.

2. 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 Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list. I am seeking fresh citations from the heads of all HEFCE-funded higher education institutions for this purpose.

3. Recognising the contribution of people working in higher education, in both academic and other roles, 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. This includes research, scholarship, teaching, administration and philanthropy.

4. We would encourage nominations at all levels within institutions, particularly staff in manual, clerical or other support roles, who have made an outstanding contribution and had a positive impact on both students and colleagues. However, we are keen to encourage more diversity in the nominations we receive and would especially welcome recommendations for female candidates, particularly those at senior level, and for black and ethnic minority candidates.

5. We would also draw your attention to the British Empire Award Medal (BEM). This has been reintroduced to recognise those candidates who are actively engaging in work to build a bigger, stronger society. It is likely that more junior or support staff would be suitable recipients of this award. Citations for candidates for the British Empire Award Medal are likely to be shorter than for other awards.

6. As well as recognising the contribution the nominee has made to higher education, it is important to recognise any involvement they may have in charitable or voluntary activities, and we would encourage you to detail this on the relevant part of the citation form.

7. All nominations must be made electronically on the Cabinet Office citation form which can be downloaded below, together with instructions for completion (including new restrictions on the length of nominations) and further general guidance. Each nomination should be accompanied by at least two letters of support from individuals who know and can comment on the work of the nominee.

8.Completed forms and letters of support should be e-mailed to Paula McLeod (p.mcleod@hefce.ac.uk) no later than Wednesday 3 September 2014.

Yours sincerely

Professor Madeleine Atkins

Chief Executive

Enquiries should be directed to:

Paula McLeod, tel 0117 931 7345, e-mail p.mcleod@hefce.ac.uk