UofG Academics join Scotland's National Academy

UofG Academics join Scotland's National Academy

Issued: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:20:00 GMT

Two new fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for the College of Arts

Two College of Arts professors are among five University of Glasgow staff who today (27 February 2018) join Scotland's National Academy.

Peter Jackson, Professor of Global Security at the School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan, and Professor Jane Stuart-Smith, Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the School of Critical Studies, are among leading figures from Academia, Public Service, Business and the Arts to join The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

In total the RSE today welcomed 66 New Fellows which also includes the University of Glasgow's Professor of Criminology Michele Burman; Professor of Experimental Gravitational Physics Giles Hammond and Professor of Human Nutrition Mike Lean.

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “It’s fantastic to see each of the University’s four Colleges represented among the new Fellows welcomed by the Royal Society of Edinburgh today.

“All five of them represent excellence and outstanding achievement in their fields and their Fellowships are richly deserved. On behalf of the whole University I offer our warmest congratulations and wish each of them continued success in their new roles as RSE Fellows.”

Commenting on the new fellows, current President of the RSE, Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, said, “Each year we welcome a selection of nominated extraordinary individuals into the Fellowship and this year is no exception. The diverse range of achievements of these individuals will be an asset to the RSE and I am sure they will strengthen the RSE’s standing as a national academy committed to providing public benefit to Scottish society. I also welcome the increasing number of female Fellows to the RSE, something we have focused on improving in past years and part of our wider commitment to diversity.”

The 66 new Fellows will help the RSE to continue to provide independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership, inspire and facilitate learning and engage with the general public through inspiring events.

The RSE, unusual amongst National Academies for its multi-disciplinary approach, continues to strengthen its Fellowship by appointing leading professionals from within the arts, business and public sector as well as within academia.

Leading educational charity

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is a leading educational charity which operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE now has around 1600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. The work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.

The RSE’s Fellowship comprises Honorary Fellows (members of the Royal House or persons eminently distinguished in any subject within our disciplinary domains), Corresponding Fellows (those who have attained high international standing in any subject within our disciplinary domains, and are not normally resident in the UK) and Fellows.

University of Glasgow Fellows

The five new University of Glasgow to join the RSE Fellowship - 

  • Professor Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology, Head of School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Giles Hammond, Professor of Experimental Gravitational Physics, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Peter Jackson, Professor of Global Security, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Mike Lean, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Jane Stuart-Smith, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of Glasgow

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