St Andrews academics honoured by the RSE

Thursday 4 March 2010

Four academics from the University of St Andrews have been honoured by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Among the 48 new Fellows announced this week are the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Dr Louise Richardson, Professor Jill Harries (Classics), Professor Philip Esler (Divinity) and Professor David Ulph (Economics).

The four were elected after a rigorous four-stage selection process culminating in a ballot of the entire Fellowship. The new St Andrews Fellows join the Society’s 1,500-strong Fellowship of experts in the sciences, arts, humanities, the professions, industry and commerce.

Each new Fellow of the RSE is recognised within his or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession.

Once admitted to the RSE, Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society, including the provision of expert policy advice to Government and Parliament, outreach education programmes for young people, and public engagement events including conferences and discussion forums.

Prior to the announcement, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, the President of the RSE commented, “I hope and expect that our new intake of Fellows will contribute actively to the work that the RSE undertakes in contributing to public policy development, engaging with the public and supporting research and innovation. These are key areas in promoting the core objectives of the Society – the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.”

The new Fellows will be inducted in May.


Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews

Contact Gayle Cook, Senior Communications Manager on 01334 467227 / 462529, mobile 07900 050 103, or email [email protected].

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