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Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions are invited to submit nominations by Thursday 7 April 2016.

Dear Vice-Chancellor

New Year 2017 Honours nominations

1. This letter invites nominations for the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours list. The deadline for nominations is Thursday 7 April 2016.

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 New Year 2017 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 including research, scholarship, teaching, administration. We also welcome nominations for those involved in philanthropic activities.

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) which is intended to recognise those local candidates who are actively engaging in work to build a bigger, stronger society. We would particularly welcome nominations for more junior or support staff who are likely to be suitable recipients of this award.

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 from the HEFCE publications website alongside this circular letter together with further Cabinet Office guidance on ‘How to Write an Honours Citation’. I would draw your attention to pages 9 to 14 in the guidance which detail restrictions on the length of citations and provide advice on how best to present the case by highlighting how nominees have gone above and beyond the requirements of their day job.

8. Each nomination should be accompanied by at least two letters of support from individuals who know and can comment on the personal impact of the work of the nominee.

9. Completed forms and letters of support should be emailed to Paula McLeod ( no later than Thursday 7 April 2016.

Yours sincerely

Professor Madeleine Atkins

Chief Executive

Enquiries should be directed to:

Paula McLeod, tel 0117 931 7345, email