THE Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy has announced its 2022 intake of Fellows, with 80 names from the arts, business, public service and civil society as well as academia from Scotland and beyond.
They will be joining the RSE’s current Fellowship of around 1,700 Fellows, who are recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.
This year, Dr Annie Lennox, Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University and award-winning Scottish singer, songwriter and activist, has received an Honorary Fellowship.
Dr Lennox is best known for her musical career as part of the band ‘Eurythmics’ and has also had a distinguished award-winning solo career. She is the original founder of The Circle: a non-profit organisation of women working together to achieve equality for women and girls in a fairer world and was formerly Special Envoy for the Scottish Parliament.
Dr Annie Lennox OBE said:
“I’m truly humbled and honoured to have been nominated as a Fellow of the RSE. Apart from a lifetime of music making, my ardent passion lies with the most crucial issues facing all of humanity at this precarious point in time, namely the sustainability of our precious planet and the actual implementation of human rights and justice, most especially regarding the lives of women and girls in all four corners of the globe.
“My hope has always been to create a positive influence and contribution towards lasting transformative change.”
Others named as Fellows of the RSE this year include Professor Mark Logan, co-Founder of Ipso-Facto where he is an investment and start-up adviser. He is also a professor of computing science at the University of Glasgow, and the former COO of Skyscanner, one of Europe’s most successful technology companies. With 25 years of senior management experience and award-winning business leadership, he is currently appointed by the Scottish Government to lead the government’s development programme for Scotland’s high-tech sector.
Speaking about his Fellowship, Professor Mark Logan said:
“I am honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the RSE, joining the company of such remarkable people. I look forward to working with Fellows across a range of sectors, to help establish Scotland as an entrepreneurship global centre of excellence.”
Theresa Shearer, CEO of ENABLE Group and an influential Scottish third sector leader who has delivered policy change both domestically and internationally has also joined the 2022 Fellows intake. She has previously led a national campaign to deliver the Living Wage to social care employees, is a Commissioner on the UK Law Family Commission on Civil Society and is the Vice President of Inclusion Europe, advocating to end segregation and institutionalisation of disabled people.
“Working with colleagues in the RSE, I look forward to continuing to influence public policy as we seek to move forward from the pandemic, and lay the foundations for a more resilient, inclusive, and equitable society both in Scotland and globally. We will promote collaboration between public, private and third sectors, underpinned by data and evidence, to empower and enable positive change in Scotland.
This year’s cohort represents the diversity of expertise within Scotland and the UK, with academics, leaders from business, Scotland’s tech sector, the legal sector and arts and culture industries being inducted to the Fellowship.
With a more diverse Fellowship, the RSE hopes to make even more of an impact across its policy, research and engagement work which seeks to address the key contemporary issues of the day.
Professor Sir John Ball, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said:
“It is a privilege to be able to welcome our new Fellows, and we are inspired by the breadth of talent and experience in our Fellowship. Every single individual elected this year has shown exceptional levels of expertise and insight in their chosen field, and their input helps RSE effect real and lasting change in Scotland’s society.
“We look forward to working with our diverse Fellowship who provide a crucial link between the world of academic research and practice with government, business and civil society.”