Building online and offline communities

Community leader Sabrina Francis (BA Social Policy, 2006) is one of many Birmingham graduates who received an honour. Her British Empire Award Medal (BEM) recognised her work building strong online communities at City, University of London, supporting Camden as a local Councillor in the Bloomsbury Ward, and her work as a volunteer helping to provide meals for homeless people. 

Sabrina says: 'I studied Social Policy at Birmingham and it gave me the ability to understand difficult policy issues, how interconnected they are and how policy can shape society by either helping or hindering particular situations. Being a councillor has given me lots of ways to get really involved and try to improve the borough I love. I want to continue to work for organisations that give back to society and help them reach their audiences and create change through digital media.'

Did you study with one of 2018's honours recipients?

New Year’s Honours 2018

  • Sir (David) Keith Peters GBE: For services to the advancement of medical science
  • Professor Clive Behagg OBE: For services to higher education and economic regeneration
  • Robert Black MBE: For services to ex-Service personnel and their families
  • Jane Clarke MBE: For services to vulnerable women and children
  • Sabrina Francis BEM: For services to the University of London
  • Robert Herman-Smith OBE: For services to the Global Aerospace sector
  • Colin Hopkins MBE: For services to education
  • Professor Elizabeth Kuipers OBE: For services to clinical research, treatment and support for people with psychosis
  • Jane Marriott OBE: For services to Public Administration and Finance
  • Judith Morris BEM: For voluntary service to first-aid and young people
  • Andrew Ready MBE: For services to renal transplantation
  • Helen Sharman OBE CMG: For services to science and technology educational outreach
  • Angela Tate MBE: For services to probationers and voluntary work to the community in the Isle of Wight

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

  • Professor Sir David Haslam: For services to NHS leadership
  • Professor Dame Susan Hill DBE: For services to the 100,000 Genome Project and to NHS Genomic Medicine
  • Dame Stella Manzie DBE: For services to Local Government (Birmingham City Council)
  • Dr Sir James Ratcliffe: For services to business and investment
  • Susan Bailey MBE: For services to vulnerable children and families in the West Midlands
  • Alexandra Cotton MBE: For services to mental health
  • Andrea Clarke MBE: For services to children and young people with physical disabilities
  • John Craggs MBE DL: For services to education and the community in Birmingham
  • Susanna Daus BEM: For services to adoption and fostering
  • Dr Richard Dewar MBE: For services to the NHS, particularly stroke patients
  • Alun Evans CBE: For services to scholarship
  • Janie Ewing BEM: For services to the community in Bermondsey, London
  • Patrick Heneghan OBE: For parliamentary and political services
  • Dr Rabindra Ratnasuriya MBE: For services to General Practice in the West Midlands

Congratulations to all alumni who have been recognised. If you have received an honour that we don’t yet know about, please get in touch!

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