The University of Southampton

New Year Honours for ECS student and visiting ECS Professor

Published: 10 January 2024

ECS student Michael Penston was awarded the British Empire Medal after helping start a COVID-19 vaccination programme at the Southampton University Health Centre during the pandemic.

Fourth-year student Michael, 21, was only 18 years old when he volunteered at the on-campus GP surgery before taking over as the chief organiser of the site within six months.
During his time volunteering throughout the pandemic, the University Health Centre administered its 50,000th vaccination, serving as a hub for students and residents across Hampshire. 

Congratulations also go to Professor Penny Endersby, Chief Executive of the Met Office and a visiting Professor in ECS, on the award of a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to meteorology, defence science and technology.

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