University members recognised in 2024 New Year Honours

Danielle George
Danielle George
Two University of Manchester Professors are among those recognised in the King’s 2024 New Year Honours List.

Professor Danielle George has been made a CBE for her services to Engineering while Professor Joyce Ann Tyldesley has been made OBE for her services to Egyptology and Heritage.

They are among 1,227 people across the country, in all fields of work, who have been handed honours to celebrate their contributions to society, community or their area of employment.

Danielle is a Professor Radio Frequency Engineering and Associate Vice President at the University. She was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2020/21 and currently a Vice President of the British Computer Society, Chartered Institute for IT. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement.

As the Associate Vice President for Blended and Flexible Learning Danielle has responsibility to design, develop and deliver the University’s Flexible Learning agenda.

Danielle’s research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her research is delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for space and aerospace applications.

Her passion for raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in science and engineering can offer. She presented the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

"I am so proud to receive this honour. It is incredibly important that people see the variety of careers that are possible within engineering and I hope that this helps to show where studying this amazing subject can lead. Let’s celebrate engineering and all its ingeniousness!"

Joyce is Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology at the University.

She is a teaching-focused Egyptologist and her research interests include the development of distance-learning Egyptology, Egyptian historiography, and the role of women in ancient Egypt. She is currently involved in a research project , Iron from the Sky , investigating the use of meteorite iron in ancient Egypt.

Joyce studied the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean at Liverpool University, then obtained a D.Phil in prehistoric archaeology from Oxford University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton and is a Research Associate of the Manchester Museum. Joyce is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Reflecting her interest in outreach, Joyce has published a series of books and articles on ancient Egypt, including three television tie-in books and Cleopatra, Last Queen of Egypt , which was a Radio 4 "Book of the Week". Her book Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King , won the Felicia A Holton Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.