Dundee academics honoured by RSE

University of Dundee academics leading in fields as diverse as cleft palate research, contemporary art, infectious diseases and reproductive medicine have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

The RSE is Scotland’s national academy, focused on delivering its mission of ‘knowledge made useful’. Fellows are elected in recognition of their impact in improving the world around them.

The new Fellows from the University are:

Professor John Rowan, Vice-Principal (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact), said, “The election of our four new RSE Fellows is recognition of their achievements in their own fields. The fact that artists, dentists and doctors are being honoured is testament to the diverse and unique university Dundee is.

“Professors Barratt, Colvin, Mossey and Nathwani have made a great impact over the years and their Fellowships are richly deserved.”

The four Dundee academics are among a new intake of 87 fellows for the RSE, joining the current roll of around 1600, representing the full range of physical and life sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, education, professions, industry, business and public life. 

Those who are nominated, and then invited to join, have undergone rigorous assessment of their achievements, professional standing and societal contribution. Fellows, who give of their time freely, play a fundamental role in enabling the RSE to deliver its mission ‘Knowledge Made Useful’, contributing to the cultural, economic and social well-being of Scotland and the wider world.

Professor Dame Anne Glover, President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, said, “As Scotland’s national academy we recognise excellence across a diverse range of expertise and experience, and its effect on Scottish society.

“This impact is particularly clear this year in the latest cohort of new Fellows which includes scientists who are pioneering the way we approach the coronavirus; those from the arts who have provided the rich cultural experience we have all been missing, and some who have demonstrated strong leadership in guiding their organisations and communities through this extraordinary time.

“Through uniting these great minds from different walks of life, we can discover creative solutions to some of the most complex issues that Scotland faces. A warm welcome is extended to all of our new Fellows.”