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Leicester University vice-chancellor knighted

The vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

Professor Robert Burgess has been honoured for his services to local and national higher education.

Chief executive of Leicestershire County Council, John Sinnott, has been appointed CBE for services to local government.

Sylvia Herbert, chaplain of HM Prison Leicester, has been appointed an MBE for services to prisoners.

Professor David Chiddick, who was at De Montfort University from 1979 until 2000, has become a CBE for services to local and national higher education.

He retired earlier this year as vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln.

Support for children

Glenys Johnston, chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, and Alice Sluckin, chair of the Selective Mutism Information an Research Association (SMIRA) have both become an OBE.

As a senior psychiatric social worker in Leicester in the 1960s Mrs Sluckin came across a number of children who would not speak in school and was desperate to help them.

Her desire to support these children led to the setting up of SMIRA.

Others to be made an MBE include Jennifer Foxon, for services to science, Robert Gibson, officer at HM Prison Gartree, Maureen Raine, for services to higher education and Keith Savage, for voluntary service to the Air Training Corps in Rutland.

Community workers have also been appointed MBEs - Gwendolen Abraham, Ramanbhai Barber, Anthony Fowler and Mary Lloyd.

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