Knighthood for leader of City University in Finsbury

Prof Paul Curran, vice-chancellor of City University in Northampton Square, Finsbury, was awarded a

Prof Paul Curran, vice-chancellor of City University in Northampton Square, Finsbury, was awarded a knighthood in the 2016 new year honours list. Picture: Laurie C Griffiths - Credit: Archant

The vice-chancellor of City University London, in Finsbury, has been awarded a knighthood in the new year honours list.

Prof Paul Curran has been recognised for his achievements in higher education.

Colleagues said he has “transformed” the university, in Northampton Square.

Prof Curran said last night: “This is a great honour, not only for me but for all of City’s staff, students, alumni, partners and friends.

“It is a daily privilege to lead such a strong and distinctive global institution.

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“A knighthood is an amazing and a profoundly humbling surprise.”

Rob Woodward, pro-chancellor of the university, said: “City University London is being transformed under Professor Curran’s leadership.

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“In the past few years we have doubled the proportion of our staff producing world-leading and internationally excellent research, modernised our estate and increased the satisfaction of our students by more than any other university in the country.”

Prof Curran was a pioneer in satellite Earth observation as a NASA research scientist, an academic geographer and an advisor to the European Space Agency.

He served as a member of the Natural Environment Research Council and is a former chairman of the Higher Education Funding Council.

Prof Curran is currently president of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society and chairman of the Pay Review Body for Doctors & Dentists, the Universities & Colleges Employers’ Association and The Conversation UK.

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