Professor Diana Woodhouse awarded OBE in New Year's Honours Thursday, 12 January 2012 Professor Diana Woodhouse, formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer at Oxford Brookes, has been awarded an OBE for services to Legal Scholarship and Higher Education in the New Year’s Honours list. Diana enjoyed a long career at Oxford Brookes and was conferred with an Emeritus Professorship in November 2011. She specialised in research into ministerial accountability. Diana’s career at Brookes began in 1985 when she enrolled as a mature student at Oxford Polytechnic to study for a degree in Law and Politics. This was followed by a PhD on the topic of ministerial responsibility – awarded in 1991. While carrying out her research, Diana was appointed a graduate teaching associate in Law and became a lecturer in 1991. In 1998 she became a professor and established the Centre for Legal Research and Policy Studies. She was made head of the Department of Law two years later and in 2002 was appointed Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Social Sciences and Law. Diana was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer in 2005 and oversaw a period of significant growth in research activity at Oxford Brookes and a steady increase in research quality, impact and reputation.