Biomedical Sciences

BMS Summer Graduations 2018

We celebrated the success of our Biomedical Sciences graduates on Tuesday 10th July 2018.

Approximately 280 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences graduated last week. The graduation ceremony took place at the recently refurbished McEwan Hall, followed by a reception for all graduates and guests.

Remarkable student achievements

Eilidh Gibson (Biomedical Sciences) was inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame for her part in the Great Britain canoeist team that won a clean sweep of gold medals at the Senior World, Senior European and World U23 Championships in 2017-18.

Eilidh also scooped a series of individual titles at the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Canoe Championships, winning gold in 2015 and 2017 and silver in 2016. She was jointly awarded the Eva Bailey Cup for outstanding female athlete of 2017/18 along with the World-class archer Sarah Prieels.  

Bonnie Thomson (Medical Sciences) received a prize for best professional abstract and for what was described as an outstanding piece of work. This prize was funded by the Society of Endocrinology.

The Biomedical Netball team reached the top of the 1st Division in the University of Edinburgh. The current team captain, Jodie Smith (Reproductive Biology), led a group of enthusiastic, but unexperienced, group to become the top team in just one year.

Top student awards

The following undergraduate students received awards for being top overall in their programmes:

The Caroline Low Prize for the Best Intercalating Student - Sarah Lewis (Neuroscience)

The Ritchie Prize for Best Intercalating Student - Shannon Street (Infectious Diseases)

The Ritchie Prize for Best Science Student - Ben Alvey (Infectious Diseases)

Society for Endocrinology Award - Thomas Shaw (Pharmacology)

Best Medical Sciences Student - Giulia Pieracci (Medical Sciences)

Best Medical Student - Amy McCallum (Pharmacology)/Lachlan King (Biomedical Sciences)/Ellie Kenton (Reproductive Biology)

Best Pharmacology Student - James Dutton (Pharmacology)

Best Science Student - Jolynn Ong (Biomedical Sciences)/Martyna Rakowska (Neuroscience)/Muriel Frisch (Neuroscience)

Best Medical Sciences Project - Georgina Taylor (Medical Sciences)

Best Project - Amy McCallum (Pharmacology)

Best Project Presentation - James Donachie (Pharmacology)/Euan Grierson (Pharmacology)

We are very proud of the achievements of all our students who graduated at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Well done to each and every one of you and wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your lives!


Congratulations to all our 2018 graduates! Everyone in Biomedical Sciences has been delighted to work with you during your time in Edinburgh and wish you all the best success in your future careers. Please do keep in touch!

Professor Mike ShipstonDean of Biomedical Sciences


Further information

Keep in touch - Biomedical Sciences Alumni pages

Apply to study for a BSc Biomedical Sciences degree