Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall, of the University of Dundee, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Professor Stanley-Wall is Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University.

Her research is focused on using molecular biology to understand the signalling processes that control multicellular behaviour exhibited by single-celled bacteria. She is a champion of public engagement in science, taking part in local and national events.

She is a past recipient of the RSE’s Beltane Prize for Public Engagement. She is Academic Lead for Public Engagement for the School of Life Sciences and led the School in the process that resulted in it being the first faculty in the country to be awarded a Gold Engage Watermark by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Professor Stanley-Wall said, “I am delighted and honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. I look forward to working with the RSE on projects that impact the development of educational programmes in Scotland.”

New Fellows will help the RSE to continue to provide independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership, inspire and facilitate learning and engage with the general public through inspiring events.

Commenting on the new fellows, current President of the RSE (and recently announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Dundee), Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, said, “Each year we welcome a selection of nominated extraordinary individuals into the Fellowship and this year is no exception. The diverse range of achievements of these individuals will be an asset to the RSE and I am sure they will strengthen the RSE’s standing as a national academy committed to providing public benefit to Scottish society. I also welcome the increasing number of female Fellows to the RSE, something we have focused on improving in past years and part of our wider commitment to diversity.”

The RSE is a leading educational charity which 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 RSE now has around 1600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. The work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.

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