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New Year's Honours for Leeds Beckett Alumni

Seven Leeds Beckett alumni have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for their significant contributions to equality and diversity, education, and music.

New Year's Honours for Leeds Beckett Alumni

Marc Almond OBE

Marc Almond was awarded an OBE for Services to Arts and Culture. While reading BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic (graduating in 1979), Marc met his singing partner David Ball and formed Soft Cell, who enjoyed 10 Top 40 hits - including ‘Tainted Love’ - during their career.

Kevin Clifford, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 1987, has been awarded an OBE for his services to nursing and Justices’ Clerk, David Greensmith, was awarded an OBE for his services to the Administration of Justice and to the UK Scout Movement. David studied an Executive Coaching course in 2004.

David Earnshaw, meanwhile, has been awarded a CBE for services to education. He graduated from the Carnegie College of Physical Education in 1967 and is currently the Chair of the Board of Outwood Grange Academies Trust – a multi-academy trust which runs 16 academies in the north of England and the east midlands.

David Earnshaw

David Earnshaw CBE

Rebecca Foster graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Education at Leeds Beckett in 2012 and has been awarded an MBE for services to inclusion in sport for her work to widen opportunities for people with disabilities and, in particular, for her work with the deaf community.

Steven Robinson was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to people with disabilities. Steven graduated in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) Computer Communications at Leeds Metropolitan University. Since losing an arm in a motorbike accident, Steven has developed a career as an inspirational speaker.

Kathryn Livingston graduated with a BSc (Hons) Information Science in 1986. Kathryn was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to people with Dissociative Identity Disorder having founded the charity First Person Plural in 1998 to support people living with the disorder.  

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “On behalf of all of our staff, students and Governors here at Leeds Beckett University, I would like to congratulate Marc Almond, David Earnshaw, Rebecca Foster, Kevin Clifford, David Greensmith, Steven Robinson and Kathryn Livingston on their Honours, and to say how proud we are to be associated with the tremendous contributions they have made to our society.”

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