The RSE Welcomes 60 New Fellows

Outstanding Academics, Celebrated Professionals & Royalty Join Scotland’s National Academy

The RSE is delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been elected to become an RSE Royal Honorary Fellow. We much look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with HRH, as we have with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and our other Royal Fellows.

Also announced today are the names of 59 distinguished individuals who have been elected to become Fellows of the RSE. Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia, they join the current RSE Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life.

The strength of the RSE lies in the breadth of disciplines represented by its Fellowship. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.

The RSE is heartened to see a continued increase in the number of new Fellows from the arts, business and professional spheres. They include:

One of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid is a founding writer of what has become known as the ‘tartan noir’ genre.

GRICE, Sir Paul
Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament. Sir Paul Grice played a major role in the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and fosters connections between the Scottish Parliament and the world of academia.

BARONESS YOUNG OF OLD SCONE, Barbara (Honorary Fellow)
Life Peer, House of Lords. Baroness Young was the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK from 2010 to 2015. The Baroness is currently Chair of the Woodland Trust Board of Trustees.

Business women and founder of Genius Foods; the brand leader in gluten-free products in the UK.

ANGIOLINI, The Right Honourable Dame Elish Frances
The Right Honourable Dame Elish is the Principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and formerly the Solicitor General and Lord Advocate of Scotland.

KELLY, Dame Barbara Mary
Dame Barbara Kelly is the Chairman of The Robertson Trust and a central figure in rural affairs in Scotland having acted as the Chair for the £30M Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust.

WARK, Kirsty
Kirsty Wark is a Scottish journalist and television presenter. Best known for fronting BBC Two’s current affairs programme Newsnight, Kirsty also presented on the BBC’s Newsnight Review from 2002 to 2014.

Read the full press release and view all the 2017 new Fellows here:  The RSE welcomes 60 new Fellows