New Year Honours for Wadham alumni

2nd January 2018

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Wadham alumni Melvyn Bragg (History, 1958) and David Prout (History, 1982) have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.

Writer and broadcaster Melvyn, Lord Bragg of Wigton has joined the elite Order of the Companions of Honour, a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. The order consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. Former Wadham College Warden Sir Maurice Bowra was recognised with this honour in 1971. This year is the centenary of the Order of the Companions of Honour awards system first created in 1917 by King George V to honour those who had served non-combatant roles during the First World War.

The University’s recently appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources, Dr David Prout, is appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). Founded by George I in 1725, the Order of the Bath today recognises senior civil servants and members of the armed forces. Before taking up his role at Oxford Dr Prout enjoyed a distinguished career in government, serving most recently as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and he has served as Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Dr David Prout CB commented: "I am very proud to receive this recognition for my contribution to government and I hope to deliver equally well for the University of Oxford."