Scotland’s Young Academy welcomes 60 new members

Published: 23 August 2022

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) has announced the appointment of 60 new members including 11 academics from UofG.

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) has announced the appointment of 60 new members including 11 academics from UofG.

The new YAS members represents some of the nation’s most innovative young professionals from across the arts, business and industry, government, the public sector, research, and academia, the third sector and beyond.

They will join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership.

The  new YAS members from UofG are:

  • Dr Craig Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Mathematics & Statistics.
  • Dr Andy Buckley, Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics, School of Physics & Astronomy.
  • Dr Emily Draper, Lecturer in Chemistry and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, School of Chemistry.
  • Dr Josie Fullerton, Postdoctoral Research Associate,  School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health.
  • Dr Fiona Heatlie, Head of Research Development & Partner Engagement, College of Social Science.
  • Dr Richard Middlemiss, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer in Quantum Engineering, James Watt School of Engineering.
  • Dr Esther K. Papies, Reader in Psychology of Behaviour Change, School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
  • Mr Savan Qadir, Research Assistant for UNESCO Refugee Integration through Language and the Arts (RILA), School of Education.
  • Dr Sadie Ryan, UNESCO RILA Lecturer in Languages and Intercultural Studies, School of Education.
  • Professor Mona Simion, Professor of Philosophy, School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
  • Dr Marta Vignola, Research Fellow in Engineering, James Watt School of Engineering

Among the new YAS members are six individuals who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.

This initiative encourages outstanding individuals with a refugee or asylum-seeking background to apply to YAS and provides them with support to complete their applications. In joining YAS, ARAR members regain some of the social and professional capital they lost during their displacement, and YAS benefits from ARAR members’ talents, experience, and unique perspectives.

YAS encourages membership applications from individuals in all sectors of society. This year, YAS is pleased to welcome members joining from business, the non-profit sector, and the arts

The new cohort also includes a diverse group of researchers with specialisms ranging from engineering to the history of science. In addition to academic achievements, the selection committees placed significant emphasis on public outreach and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Dr Margaret Cunningham, Co-Chair of YAS said: "The Young Academy of Scotland is delighted to welcome this outstanding group of new members, whose talents and experiences will bring so much to our work. Our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), which was diligently applied during our election process, led to diverse representation of new members from across many different sectors.

"We are hugely excited to see these new members bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and creativity to YAS to collaborate on new interdisciplinary projects that will achieve transformative change in Scotland and beyond."

Professor Sir John Ball, President of the RSE said: "I am delighted to see these accomplished young professionals join the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. I am particularly delighted that YAS is continuing in its commitment to bring at-risk academic and refugee professionals into its membership. In bringing such diverse and innovative young leaders together, YAS has great potential to produce creative, fresh solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our society."



About the Young Academy of Scotland

The Young Academy of Scotland brings together entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, teachers, and other professionals to work collaboratively for the benefit of society.

Our mission is to help Scotland’s people and policymakers build a future that is equal, enterprising, sustainable, healthier, smarter, and international.

By sharing our knowledge and practical expertise, we investigate pressing social issues, inform public debate, amplify marginalised voices, and drive transformational change. We do this through a wide range of interdisciplinary projects, led by our members.

The Young Academy of Scotland was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 to provide a platform for innovative young professionals from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life, to work together to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.


First published: 23 August 2022