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Chancellor's winners announced

The University has honoured three staff members with Chancellor’s Awards for their teaching and research excellence.

Dr Angus Bancroft, Professor Brian Walker and Louise Horsfall were congratulated by the Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, at a gala dinner held at the Palace of Holyrood House.

Established in 2003, the Chancellor’s Awards reward staff in three categories for teaching, research and showing great potential in early career research.

Innovative teaching

The Award for Teaching was given to Dr Angus Bancroft who is co-Director for Research Programmes in the Graduate School of Social and Political Science.

The Award was to recognise his outstanding contribution to innovative teaching, including peer learning, use of technology in the classroom and new forms of assessment.

Research excellence

Professor Brian Walker was the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Research in recognition of his exceptional work in cardiovascular science and his outstanding leadership role in delivering major collaboration projects and research training initiation.

Brian Walker is Professor of Endocrinology and Head of the 170-strong University/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science.

Rising star

Dr Louise Horsfall received the Rising Star Award, which honours early-career colleagues who demonstrate great potential.

Louise was commended on her work in synthetic biology, ranging across research, industrial impact and post graduate teaching.

She is a Lecturer in Biotechnology and interested in multidisciplinary challenges involving Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Novel Enzymes and Protein Engineering.