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RSE Beltane Prizes for Public Engagement Winners Announced

Posted 25/01/2012

Professor Tom Devine OBE Hon MRIA FBA FRSE, one of Scotland’s leading historians has ‎been awarded the RSE Beltane Senior Prize for Public Engagement 2012. Additionally, The ‎University of Dundee’s Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall has been announced as the winner of the RSE ‎Beltane Innovator’s Prize for Public Engagement 2012. ‎

With these prestigious prizes the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Beltane aim to ‎recognise and promote excellence in public engagement with research; fostering a culture in ‎which researchers consider good communication an integral part of their work. ‎

Professor Tom Devine is currently the Personal Senior Research Professor in History, and ‎Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. On ‎winning the prize, he commented “I am deeply honoured to be awarded this prestigious ‎prize in the vital field of public engagement in which so much brilliant work is now being ‎done in the universities to the huge intellectual and cultural benefit of Scottish society”.‎

Dr Stanley-Wall is a lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Dundee where ‎she also runs a highly successful research programme. She was recently elected to the RSE ‎Young Academy. She commented , “I am very proud and honoured to be awarded the RSE ‎Beltane Innovator Prize for Public Engagement. Organising outreach activities is a very ‎enjoyable part of my work. I am always excited to see the creativity my colleagues have ‎when designing fun activities to explain their work and additionally gain a lot of satisfaction ‎when the visitors and school children clearly benefit from the time and effort that has been ‎exerted.”‎

More information on the prize, the winners and the upcoming event where the winners will ‎receive their award can be found here


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