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Former HEFCE chief receives damehood in New Year Honours

The last chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England has been recognised in the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours, along with the current director of the Wellcome Trust and the government’s chief scientist.

Madeleine Atkins (pictured), president of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, has been recognised with a damehood for services to higher education. From 2004 until 2013 she was vice-chancellor of Coventry University, and then served as the chief executive of HEFCE from 2014 until the end of March this year, when the funding council moved much of its work to the nascent Research England agency as part of the reforms that created UK Research and Innovation.

“I am honoured to receive this award, which recognises the contribution of my former colleagues at HEFCE who worked so hard to make the transition to OfS and Research England both smooth and successful,” said Atkins. “I am delighted now to be bringing some of my experience in the higher education sector to support the students and Fellowship of Lucy Cavendish College.”

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