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Girtonians recognised in 2023 King's Birthday Honours list

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We send our heartfelt congratulations to those Girtonians recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List for 2023.

The Mistress, Dr Elisabeth Kendall, said:

"It is always thrilling to see former students and Fellows recognised for their service and contributions to society. Our Girtonians honoured in this year’s King’s Birthday Honours span sectors as diverse as art, education, charity, social justice and literature, and their landmark achievements will undoubtedly prove inspirational to future generations of students."

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Professor Deborah Swallow, (1975 Past Fellow and Director of Studies in Anthropology)
Märit Rausing Director, Courtauld Institute of Art. For services to Art and to Education

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Alan Meyrick (1982 Theology and Religious Studies)
Deputy Director, Teaching Regulation Agency. For services to Education

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Tania Cohen (1993 History)
Chief Executive, 360Giving. For services to Charity and Social Justice

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Gail Pirkis (Sugden; 1975 History)
Co-Founder and Editor, Slightly Foxed. For services to Literature

We welcome hearing about any awards or honours received by Girtonians –please email the details to

View the full list of honours online: