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Chancellor's winners announced

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

Alan Convery, Jenny Culbertson, Charles ffrench-Constant, and Richard Mellanby 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

Dr Alan Convery, Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social and Political Science, received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching for his exceptionally valuable and distinctive teaching contribution to the University of Edinburgh and wider community. This was through his own courses, as Widening Participation coordinator, and with initiatives creating several successful and well regarded Massive Open Online Courses on understanding both British and Scottish elections.

Research excellence

Professor Charles ffrench-Constant was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Research in recognition of his outstanding internationally regarded research in the field Neurobiology and also for inspiring and supporting colleagues, peers and younger scientists. Charles is a Professorial Fellow based at the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Dean of Research for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Rising star

Dr Jennifer Culbertson, Reader in Linguistics and English Language in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences received the Rising Star Chancellor’s Award. The Award recognises her outstanding contribution towards enhancing the research reputation of the University, both nationally and internationally, through ground-breaking research that has led to fundamental advances in our understanding of how language is shaped by the way in which the human minds work.


Professor Richard Mellanby received the Chancellor’s Award for Impact. Richard was recognised for the impact of his work in developing strategies for rabies elimination in dogs in the developing world and the resulting dramatic decline in human rabies deaths. Richard holds the Personal Chair of Comparative Medicine and is based at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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Further information on the Chancellor’s Awards

Dr Alan Convery

Dr Jennifer Culbertson

Prof. Richard Mellanby

Prof. Charles ffrench-Constant