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Chancellor’s winners announced

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

Polly Arnold, Mirko Canevaro, Charles Cockell, Alison Koslowski, Francisca Mutapi and Devi Sridhar were congratulated by the Chancellor and the Lord Lieutenant and Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of Edinburgh, at a gala dinner held at the Palace of Holyrood House.

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

Innovative teaching

Two awards for Teaching were given to Professors Charles Cockell and Alison Koslowski.

Professor Cockell is Chair of Astrobiology in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Award was to recognise his outstanding innovation and impact in teaching astrobiology within and beyond the University.

Professor Koslowski holds a Personal Chair on Social Policy and Research Methods in the School of Social and Political Science. Her award was to recognise the outstanding role in developing and directing the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre and its work on quantitative skills in the social sciences.

Research excellence

Professor Polly Arnold was the recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Research in recognition of exceptional work in the chemistry of bonding and reactivity in new compounds. Polly holds the Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry.

Rising star

Professor Devi Sridhar and Dr Mirko Canevaro both received the Rising Star Award, which honours early-career colleagues who demonstrate great potential.

Professor Sridhar holds a Personal Chair in Global Public Health at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics in the Edinburgh Medical School. She was recognised for her contribution made in the field of global health governance.

Dr Mirko is a Reader in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and was recognised for his remarkable body of work produced so far, and the external recognition achieved in the field of Ancient Greek and, in particular, Athenian law-making.


Professor Francisca Mutapi received the Award for Impact. This Award honours colleagues whose outstanding research has made a demonstrable contribution to society, globally or locally outside direct academic recognition.

Francisca was recognised for the outstanding impact her work on the treatment for bilharzia has had on policy and practice, in particular for millions of children in Zimbabwe. She holds a Personal Chair in Global Health Infection and Immunity in the School of Biological Sciences.

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Professor Polly Arnold

Dr Mirko Canevaro

Professor Charles Cockell

Professor Alison Koslowski

Professor Francisca Mutapi

Professor Devi Sridhar

Chancellor’s Awards