Double honours for profs
Jun 25 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A UNIVERSITY official has received Royal approval.
Huddersfield University’s Prof John Thompson has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which is bestowed on just 10 people a year.
The royal seal of approval was to mark his work in fostering enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Prof Thompson, who is the Roger M Bale Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University, was presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, at a ceremony at the university.
Most recipients are from the world of business and enterprise support, and John is one of only a small number of academics to be granted the award.
Although he has been based at the university of Huddersfield for more than 30 years – having previously worked in the steel and retail industries – his research work has given him an insight into an enormous variety of industry and enterprise.
He is now acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading experts on entrepreneurship and strategic management.
He received a Royal citation and a special piece of glassware – but when the presentation ceremony takes place at Buckingham Palace in July, he will be in Australia, teaching, researching and writing.
Prof Thompson said: “It is great shame to miss the ceremony, because events like that are one-offs in your life”.
Another professor at the university has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association.
It is the latest landmark for Prof Keith Laybourn, one of the most respected and widely published historians of modern Britain.
Prof Laybourn was honoured at a special event in London.
He is the author of 35 books, dealing with subjects such as the rise of the Labour Party and political turbulence of the 1930s. Recent areas of research include working class gambling in Britain.
He has been on the staff at Huddersfield since 1971.