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Staff recognised in New Year’s Honours

Ten staff members have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.


Professor Lesley McAra has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Her award is in recognition for services to criminology.

Professor McAra is Professor of Penology and Assistant Principal for Community Engagement.

Data Science

Professor Andrew Morris has been made a CBE in recognition of his service to science in Scotland.

Professor Morris is Director of the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, and Vice-Principal, Data Science. 


Professor Kathy Whaler has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to geophysics.

Professor Whaler is Chair of Geophysics at the University.

Medical research

Professor Margaret Frame has been awarded an OBE for her services to cancer research.  

She is a Professor of Cancer Research and Science Director at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre.

Two honorary professors in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine have been awarded OBEs.  

Professor Derek Bell received his award for services to unscheduled care and quality improvement. He is President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Dr Angela Thomas received her award in recognition of her services to the regulation of public health. She is a consultant paediatric haematologist at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Veterinary Medicine

Ms Hayley Walters has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

The award was given in recognition of her services to veterinary education and animal welfare.

Ms Walters is a welfare and anaesthesia veterinary nurse at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.


Lady Susan Rice CBE has been made a dame in recognition of her services to business, the arts and charity in Scotland.

Lady Rice sits on the University’s Court. She formerly chaired the Edinburgh International Book Festival for 15 years.

Dr Fiona Bradley, Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, received an OBE for services to the Arts.

Dr Bradley is currently Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.


Very Reverend Professor Iain R Torrance received a knighthood in recognition of his service to the Church, theological education, interfaith dialogue, the British Army and work to combat homophobia.

Reverend Torrance is an Honorary Professor in Early Christian Doctrine and Ethics in the School of Divinity.