Deputy Principal retires

Thursday 18 September 2003

A presentation took place yesterday (Thursday 18th September) to mark the retiral of the University’s Master and Deputy Principal, Professor Colin Vincent, after thirty-seven years of service.

Professor Vincent, whose research area is electrochemistry, started his St Andrews career initially on a one-year fellowship in 1966, but was pleased to extend his time here when a lectureship became available. His eminent career has seen much professional recognition including the award of the prestigious Galvani Medal in 1998. This international medal is only awarded every five years, and Professor Vincent is only the second UK scientist to receive such an honour.

He climbed the ranks to become Head of the School of Chemistry from 1990 until 1996, when he became Master. His duties as Master were interrupted in 2000 when he was Vice Chancellor and Acting Principal. His services to education were recognised this year with not only an OBE but also an honorary degree from the University; he was made a Doctor of Laws (LLD) at this year’s summer Graduations.

On his retirement from the University Professor Vincent said:

“Last weekend St Andrews University was again named as Scotland’s top-performing University. It has been my privilege and exceeding good fortune to have worked in such a unique research-led institution, with exceptionally gifted colleagues whose scholarship has worldwide renown.”

Dr Brian Lang, Principal and Vice- Chancellor of the University, commented:

“Colin Vincent’s contribution to the University of St Andrews as our Master, and also as a chemist, are inestimable. He was one of those characters who in the history of the University will be described as a ‘big person’. He will be sorely missed.”

Though his links with the University will remain strong, Professor Vincent is also looking forward to spending more time in the West Highlands, from where he hails.


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