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2023 Chancellor’s Award winners announced

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

Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones, Dr Deval Desai, Dr Jeni Harden and Dr Lorraine Kerr, are this year’s Chancellor’s Award winners and were congratulated by the Chancellor, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and the Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Dame Sue Bruce, at a gala dinner held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Established in 2003, the Chancellor’s Awards reward staff in four categories for teaching, research, outstanding contribution and showing great potential in early career teaching and/or research.

Research excellence

Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones holds Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry. Guy received the Chancellor’s Award for Research in recognition his major contributions to the University’s profile for research excellence and his impact on the prominence of chemistry at the University. In particular, for his pioneering applications of nuclear magnetic resonance and instrument development, and his industrial collaborations.

Rising Star

Dr Deval Desai is a Lecturer in International Economic Law based in the Edinburgh Law School, and received the Rising Star Chancellor’s Award for his proactive approach in driving transformative change and establishing a reputation for creative and excellent scholarship. In particular, in securing and delivering research funding; engaging with policy makers; possessing a significant track record of translating his research into policy impact; and being an excellent mentor and leader.


Dr Jeni Harden is the Reader based in the Usher Institute. Jeni received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching for her enhancement of the teaching reputation of the University by developing innovative approaches to student learning, enhancing students’ role as educators, and by contributing nationally and internationally to curriculum development for social and behavioural sciences in medicine.

Outstanding Contribution

Dr Lorraine Kerr, Senior Strategic Partnership Manager in Edinburgh Innovations, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in recognition of her proactive approach to supporting staff and her stewardship of some of the University’s important partnerships.

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