Society Honorary Fellow made a Dame

Professor Glynis Breakwell, an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, made a Dame in the New Year Honours for services to higher education.

She told the university’s website: “It is wonderful to be honoured for simply doing the things I love, working with people that I admire, as part of a great University in a city of beauty and spirit. I want to share this recognition with everyone who has made it possible and to thank them.”

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell has an international reputation as a social psychologist. She has written more than 20 books, including The Psychology of Risk. She is active as a policy adviser and scholar specialising on leadership, identity processes, risk communication and military cultures. Her research has resulted in Professor Breakwell acting as an adviser to many government departments, multinational corporations and not-for-profit organisations.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell took her PhD from the University of Bristol and an MA and DSc from the University of Oxford. In 2003, in recognition of her contribution to the social sciences, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Bristol and in 2004 became an Honorary Professor at the University of Shangdong in China.

She has been a Fellow of the British Psychological Society since 1984 and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2006.

In 2002 she was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.  After holding a Prize Fellowship at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Dame Glynis moved to the University of Surrey where she became Head of the Department of Psychology in 1990 and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).