DBE for Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Julia King
16 June 2012

Professor Julia King CBE FREng, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, has been awarded a DBE for her services to education and technology in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Dame Julia King has been the Vice-Chancellor of Aston University since December 2006.

Julia is a member of the Board of Universities UK and Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, as well as Non Executive Director of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

She is frequently called upon to advise Government on education and technology issues, and was appointed by the Prime Minister as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador in November 2010. Julia is a member of the Committee on Climate Change, and in March 2007 was appointed by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer to lead the ‘King Review’ to examine the vehicle technologies that could help reduce carbon emissions from road transport.

Julia King has had a career which combines industry and higher education. Following an academic career at Cambridge, in1994 she joined Rolls-Royce plc where she held several senior positions including that of Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group. In 2002 she became CEO of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 was appointed Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London.

Her academic research includes over 160 papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials and developments in aerospace and marine propulsion.

In 1997 Julia was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 1999 she was awarded a CBE for services to materials engineering.

Aston University has been transformed under Julia’s leadership into one of the UK’s leading universities for business and the professions, where original research, enterprise and inspiring teaching deliver global impact. Aston has recently been recognised as one of the top fifty universities in the world that are under fifty years old.

Speaking about her honour, Julia King said ‘I was particularly delighted to receive the letter recommending me for a DBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. It is a great privilege to be honoured in this way – and not just for me personally but also for Aston University, and for the recognition it bestows on things I am passionate about: engineering, technology and higher education’.