Principal elected as Fellow of the RSE

05 March 2015

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Professor Gillies joins 55 other leading citizens who span the arts, business, politics, science and technology who have been selected to join the RSE in its work to inspire knowledge and learning across Scotland. The list includes GCU Honorary Graduate Dr Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and former President of Ireland. GCU and the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice have worked together to establish a global research repository.

Others leaders joining the RSE include Ian Rankin OBE, author; Sir George Reid, Former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament; Baroness Ford of Cunninghame, Chairman of STV Group Plc, and eminent academics from universities across Scotland, including Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen Margaret University. Dame Seona Reid, Chair of National Theatre of Scotland, was also recognised.

The RSE has recognised Professor Gillies not only for her achievements, but also as an inspirational figure for young women who want to excel in their chosen professions.

Professor Gillies said: “I am truly honoured to have received this recognition from RSE, and to become a Fellow alongside such distinguished company. This, of course, reflects the combined efforts of the many colleagues I have worked with in universities and other organisations over the years, but particularly during my time at Glasgow Caledonian University.

“I very much look forward to contributing towards the Society’s excellent work, perhaps especially in promoting the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, which is an exciting innovation. GCU has four academics in the Young Academy of Scotland, Professor Sharon Hutchinson, Dr Karen Lorimer, Dr Vicky Long and Dr Karly Kehoe, each one delivering outstanding research with a focus on the University’s Common Good purpose.”

A leading educational charity, the RSE operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the Society’s work includes awarding research funding and leading on major inquiries.

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, said: “Each of our new Fellows is elected on the distinguished merit of their work. In joining the RSE, they strengthen our capacity to support excellence across all areas of academic and public life, both in Scotland and further afield.”