Nottingham academic and PHD student recognised in New Year Honours


January 3rd, 2023

A positioning and navigating expert and a PHD student at the university have been listed in the 2023 New Year Honours List.

Honoured for his services to satellite navigation, Terry Moore is an Emeritus Professor, and former Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, in the university’s Faculty of Engineering.

A professor of satellite navigation at the university for 20 years, Professor Moore’s links to the city date back to 1979 when he began his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. Over the course of his career, he’s taken a leading role in national and European initiatives aimed at integrating academic research and teaching in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) – all while based at the University of Nottingham.

He was the founding Director of the GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning, and navigation technologies, which was jointly funded by the University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency and has gone on to support hundreds of companies worldwide.

Professor Moore has also overseen numerous research projects funded by industry, research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission, and has supervised more than 40 successful PhD students.

Read more about Professor Terry Moore’s OBE award.

Honoured with a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for services to the environment and to the community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Maxwell Apaladaga Ayamba is a PhD student in Black Studies, studying the spatiality of the Peak District National Park, in relation to access and use by people of Black African ancestry in the diaspora.

His work builds on the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Julian Glover Review attempt to promote access to the countryside for everyone, especially Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.

It’s also based on his own interests and convictions: in 2004 Maxwell co-founded the 100 Black Men Walk for Health Group, and he was the first Black person appointed on the board of Ramblers Association UK in 2006.

The project inspired the Royal Court Theatre play Black Men Walking, which explores 500 years of black people in the English countryside, and later evolved into monthly walking group Walk4Health, which now includes other ethnicities, women and young people.

Maxwell regularly participates in public and policy discussions about black access to the countryside. Amongst other things, Maxwell gave a speech in March 2022 at the Natural England Parliamentary Reception.

Maxwell’s advocacy and expertise on black access to nature in England is making a difference at national level.

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