Two PhD students at Oxford Brookes named in King’s Birthday Honours List 2023

Image of both Professor Christopher Milroy and James Dunlop
Professor Christopher Milroy (image from American Academy of Forensic Sciences) and James Dunlop

Two Oxford Brookes University PhD students have been named in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023.

Current part-time PhD student, Professor Christopher Milroy, was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to forensic pathology, while James Dunlop has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Ministry of Defence’s media engagement.

Professor Milroy currently works as a full-time forensic pathologist in Ottawa, Canada, and is working on a project which examines the history of forensic medicine in Britain as part of his PhD at Oxford Brookes. 

He has previously published academic papers on various aspects of forensics, including the history of the term asphyxia, and the history of the expert witness in England, the USA and Canada.

Professor Milroy, who became a part-time PhD student at Oxford Brookes in January 2020, is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is Director of the Eastern Ontario Regional Forensic Pathology Unit.

Professor Milroy previously worked as a Home Office registered forensic pathologist in Sheffield before moving to Canada. He is one of the 30 most cited authors in forensic medicine and science.

He said: “I am a great believer in life-long learning, and curiosity should never cease. 

“I am very honoured and humbled to be made an Officer of the most excellent Order of the British Empire in the King’s Birthday Honours.

“This is in recognition of my 45 years of training, practice, teaching and research, all of which could not have been achieved without the help of so many people.”

Documentary filmmaker James Dunlop is currently working towards a PhD in participatory documentary at Oxford Brookes.

Mr Dunlop has worked as a director, producer, editor and script supervisor for The Bands of HM Royal Marines, developing a professional film unit to deliver live broadcasts and videos which attract audiences in the tens of millions across television and social media. His productions include the Mountbatten Festival of Music, Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade and commemorative films to mark events of national military significance. 

His work has been viewed by the Royal Family and his career highlights include directing two music videos with pop star Pixie Lott, and filming in a sinking ship simulator. He has been short-listed at the Sheffield Documentary Festival for his new James Dunlop Discovers digital series on YouTube.

Mr Dunlop said: "It is a tremendous honour and I am deeply humbled to be selected to become a Member of the Order of the British Empire in King Charles III's first Birthday Honours list. I have many people to thank, but it is a testament to the incredible work, dedication, and support of the countless individuals who have been a part of this journey.

"We should never stop striving to work hard and make our mark on this world, and it is wonderful establishments such as Oxford Brookes University that allow people to achieve this. I have no doubt that working on my PhD with Oxford Brookes was a consideration to this MBE honour being awarded. I am truly touched by this acknowledgement and will cherish this with heartfelt gratitude.”