An award-winning journalist, a D-Day veteran and the Principal of New College at the University’s School of Divinity are just some of the alumni who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
David Fergusson, who graduated Bachelor of Divinity in 1980, is a Professor of Divinity and worked for several years as a parish minister in the Church of Scotland. He is the Principal of New College at the School of Divinity.
Having held the Chair of Systematic Theology in the University of Aberdeen, he returned to Edinburgh as Professor of Divinity in 2000. He is a Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland.
He has been recognised with an OBE for services to education, the arts, and the Church of Scotland.
I'm delighted to be honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours. My involvement in the wider sphere of university and church has been an important part of my work at New College over many years. I am greatly indebted to many colleagues who have offered their support and friendship along the way.
Melanie Reid is an award-winning Times journalist whose weekly column is about disability and her life as a disabled person.
A graduate in English language and literature (MA 1980), Melanie was a columnist at the Herald in Glasgow and a former associate editor of the Sunday Mail before joining the Times. After a serious riding accident in 2010 left her a tetraplegic, she began writing about her experiences. The column that emerged, 'Spinal Column', won her Columnist of the Year 2011 and broadsheet Columnist of the Year 2012.
Melanie has been recognised with an MBE for services to journalism and to people with disabilities.
Dr Thomas Renouf, a D-Day veteran who fought with the 51st Highlanders has been recognised with an MBE for services to armed forces veterans.
Called up four days after his 18th birthday, Thomas fought as part of the Normandy Campaign and the Battle of the Rhineland. He was awarded the Military Medal for his role in the Rhine crossing and France’s highest military honour, the Legion d’Honneur for his bravery during the liberation of towns and villages across France.
After the war Dr Renouf returned to Scotland to study physics (BSc 1952), he then trained British Army officers in the Physics Department of the Royal Military College of Sciences before returning to Edinburgh to complete his PhD in 1970.
As Secretary of the 51st Highland Division Veterans' Association he organised regular commemorative ceremonies and was instrumental in establishing a memorial to the 53 fighters of the 51st Highland Division in the French town of La Roche-en-Ardenne.
On June 26, 2016, aged 91, he died peacefully at home, amongst his family.
Full list of honoured alumni
Civil Division List
Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)
The Lord Smith of Kelvin CH
Dr hc, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1999, The University of Edinburgh
For public service, particularly in Scotland
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Mr David Ewan Cameron CBE
BSc Science Ordinary, 1969, The University of Edinburgh
Director, Community Land Scotland. For services to Community Land Ownership in Scotland
Dr Brian Andrew Lang CBE
Dr hc 2008; MA Social Anthropology, 1968; PhD Social Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
For services to the Arts, Heritage and Education
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) (OBE)
Mr Stuart Condie OBE
1986 MA (French and Linguistics), The University of Edinburgh
Grade 6, Counter-Avoidance, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to the Investigation and Reduction of Fraudulent Tax Avoidance.
Ms Margaret Dawson OBE
1973 MA (History), The University of Edinburgh
Chief Executive and General Secretary, Workers Education Association for Wales (WEA Cymru). For services to Education in Wales.
Mr Colin Dingwall OBE
2000 MA (Politics and Modern History), The University of Edinburgh
Lately Programme Director, Electoral Registration, Cabinet Office. For services to Elections and Major Project Delivery.
Professor David Fergusson OBE
1980 BD (Systematic Theology), The University of Edinburgh
Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University of Edinburgh. For services to Education, the Arts and the Church of Scotland.
Dr John Gordon OBE
1965 BSc (Zoology); 1969 PhD, The University of Edinburgh
Honorary Fellow, Scottish Association for Marine Science. For services to Science.
Professor David Hope-Jones OBE
2005 MA (Geography), The University of Edinburgh
Principal Officer, Scottish Malawi Partnership. For services to International Development.
Dr Joanna Twist OBE
1996 MA (Geography); 1997 MSc (Geography), The University of Edinburgh
Chief Executive Officer, Ukie. For services to the Creative Industries.
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mr Sydney George House MBE
BSc Forestry, 1978, The University of Edinburgh
Lately Conservator of Forests, Perth and Argyll Conservancy, Forestry Commission. For services to Forestry, the Economy and Tourism in Perthshire.
Mr Thomas Walter Karas MBE
BSc Resource Management, 1974, The University of Edinburgh
Lecturer, Forestry and Senior Warden, Scotland’s Rural College (Barony Campus). For services to Rural Education in Scotland
Dr Charlotte Pamela Logue MBE
MBChB, 1973, The University of Edinburgh
Lately General Practitioner and Specialist in Genito-uninary Medicine, Causeway Coast. For services to Medicine
Ms Melanie Reid MBE
MA English Language and Literature, 1980, The University of Edinburgh
Journalist. For services to Journalism and to People with Disabilities.
Dr Thomas Joseph Renouf MBE
BSc Physics; 1952, PhD Physics; 1970, The University of Edinburgh
Secretary, 51st Highland Division Veterans Association. For services to Armed Forces Veterans.
Mr James Bruce Watt MBE
LLB Law, 2004, The University of Edinburgh
Co-Founder, BrewDog. For services to the Brewing Industry.
Mrs Catherine Slessor
MA Social Sciences, 1983, The University of Edinburgh
Lately Editor, The Architectural Review. For services to Architectural Journalism.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Dr Sharon Hannah BEM
PhD Biochemistry, 1992, The University of Edinburgh
BioQuarter Campus Operations Manager and Business Manager, The University of Edinburgh. For services to Medical Research
John Walker Hunter BEM
MA English, 1956; MA Arts (Ordinary) 1954, The University of Edinburgh
For services to the History and Heritage of Galloway
Mrs Linda Nicholson BEM
MA Psychology, 1982, The University of Edinburgh
For services to Sport in the Scottish Borders
Diplomatic Service and Overseas List
Order of the British Empire and Knight Bachelor (Kt)
Professor Sir Angus Stewart Deaton Kt
2011 Hon DSocSc, The University of Edinburgh
Professor, Princeton University. For services to research in Economics and international affairs