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June 2015

Humanities success in Queen’s honours

(25 June 2015)

Rachel Griffith, Professor of Economics and Deputy Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and Dr Rory Brooks, who supports the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and serves as the Chairman of The University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board, have both been awarded CBEs in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Another colleague, Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, also received a CBE for her services to the arts.

Rachel Griffith, from the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), currently serves as the President of the European Economic Association and is Managing Editor of the Economic Journal – the first woman to hold either of these positions. A Fellow of the British Academy, last year she was honoured with the Birgit Grodal award for the leading European-based female economist, she also serves as a Deputy Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). She was awarded a CBE for her services to Economic Policy.

She said: "I am delighted that the work that my colleagues and I do at the IFS has been recognised in this way. I believe passionately in the value and contribution that applied economics has to make to our understanding of how public policy affects all of us in our daily life. The work I do is focused on bringing high quality research into the public arena so that people can engage in informed debate."

Dr Rory Brooks was honoured for charitable services through the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation and to the BWPI, which sits within the Faculty of Humanities.

Rory and his wife Elizabeth have been loyal supporters of the University for more than 20 years. In 2005, they became the principal benefactors of BWPI, which brings together one of the world’s largest collections of multidisciplinary poverty researchers.

He said: “I am both humbled and delighted by this recognition. Elizabeth and I have been fortunate to be able to support, in a small way, the important work on poverty research at the Brooks World Poverty Institute and are proud to be associated with The University of Manchester."