Strathclyde Telegraph

Five Strathclyde academics announced as fellows of the RSE

Kirsty-Louise Hunt, News Editor

Five academics at the University of Strathclyde have been announced as new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

They are among 53 people elected from a wide range of disciplines whose achievements reflect the RSE’s founding mission of ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’.

Strathclyde’s new Fellows are Professor William Kerr, Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, Professor Rebecca Lunn, Head of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Professor Laura Piacentini, Strathclyde Law School, Dr Carol Trager-Cowan, Department of Physics and Professor Rein Ulijn, Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry.

Professor Lunn has also become the first female civil engineer to be elected an FRSE.

New Fellows are elected each year via a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship, which includes more than 1500 people from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond, ensures that the RSE can provide leadership and excellence across all areas of public life.

RSE President and former Strathclyde Principal Sir John Arbuthnott said: “The Fellowship is at the very heart and soul of the work of the RSE. One of my most rewarding duties is to oversee the highly-selective process that identifies which of the outstanding candidates nominated each year should be recommended for election to the Fellowship of the RSE.

“With such a great number of highly distinguished individuals joining this year, I have every confidence that they will bring the exceptional skills and experience needed by the RSE to continue its 230-year history of supporting excellence across all areas of academic and public life in Scotland.”

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