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The University of Birmingham’s Vice-Chancellor, David Eastwood, has been conferred a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Now Sir David Eastwood, he was awarded the knighthood in recognition of his services to higher education and his commitment to improving the UK’s reputation in delivering higher education.

The University’s Pro-Chancellor, Ed Smith, said “I am delighted for David, his family, and our University with this recognition of his huge contribution to higher education”. He went on to add “I know all of my colleagues…across the world [will] congratulate David on this most well deserved honour”.

The Guild of Students added their congratulations: “The Guild of Students’ would like to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Eastwood, on receipt of his knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday honours.”

As an award to recognise his work in higher education, the Knighthood provides Eastwood with an honorary title but no extra money, power or obligations.

In his role, Sir David is currently chair of the Russell Group and Universitas 21. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and remains in senior positions on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Universities UK (UUK).

Eastwood received one of the thirty knighthoods awarded to men this year. He was also awarded it alongside his University of Nottingham counterpart, Sir David Greenaway. Other awardees include Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raised £4m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Maggie Smith, and Angelina Jolie.

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