Honorary Fellowship awarded to high-flying barrister Professor Diana Kloss MBE
22 October 2014
In 2011 Diana was appointed Visiting Professor in
Occupational Health at London South Bank University (LSBU) and returned last week to receive the Honorary Fellowship title at the university's graduation
ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall.
a career spanning over 50 years, Diana is one of the
country's leading authorities on occupational health. An academic, barrister,
author and government adviser, Diana has had a long and eclectic career
and yet is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
graduated from King's College London in 1959 with a first-class degree in law.
She went on to write her master's thesis on comparative law after winning a
Fulbright Scholarship enabling her to study at Tulane University, New Orleans.
arriving back in the UK, Diana took up what was billed as a temporary job as a
lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Manchester University, where she is still an honorary senior lecturer in the department of
Occupational and Environmental Health today.
Diana's main focus is disability discrimination and
occupational health. She used this passion as an opportunity to begin writing
her first text 'Occupational Health Law' in 1989. Known as the Bible
for anyone involved in occupational health, it is now in its fifth edition,
with a sixth on the way.
she had qualified as a barrister several years before, she did not go into
practice until the age of 50. "I was the oldest pupil on the Northern Circuit,"
Diana says. "I remember going into court one day and realising that not only
had I taught the QC on the other side, I'd taught the judge too."
a few years, Diana had been appointed a part-time judge in employment
tribunals, a post she held for 17 years. At the same time, she continued to
teach part-time, while her growing expertise and influence led to increasing
demand for her services as an adviser at the highest level.
Diana has been a member of a number of government committees,
including the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the Industrial Injuries
Advisory Council, and has also been appointed MBE for services to occupational
is currently Chair of the UK Council for Work and Health representing all the
professions involved in the provision of occupational health services.
As well as continuing to publish books and journal articles,
Diana is also in demand for training of occupational health professionals,
safety advisers and human resources professionals in employment law.
Over the years, Diana has helped to run a range of charities. She currently is
a director of a not-for-profit company, Syngentis, and is also a trustee of the
Manchester Settlement, a charity which provides a range of services to the
community in a deprived part of east Manchester, and a governor of Manchester
High School for Girls.
receiving her award, Diana commented: "I am honoured to be recognised for
my work by London South Bank University, an institution recognised for its
dedication to providing opportunity to the less privileged in our society and
for supporting new initiatives in education, especially in the field of health
Vice Chancellor Professor David Phoenix added: "Throughout her career, Diane
has shown her desire and passion to share her knowledge of such a key subject area
to others and is continuing to do so. We are delighted to present Professor
Diana Kloss MBE the award of
this Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding
contribution to occupational health law."