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2023 Principal's Medals awarded

Three members of staff, a student and two teams have been named winners of the 2023 Principal's Medals.

Lindsay Jack, Peter Kind, Claire Cruikshank, Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla and Lindsay Dalziel, on behalf of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Accreditation Team, and Lizzie Beattie, on behalf of the Graduation Team will each receive their medals during this year’s Winter Graduation ceremony.

First awarded in 2008, the Principal's Medals are one of the most important ways the University recognises its staff and students. The awards celebrate the achievements and dedication of the professional services and academic colleagues and students who have delivered exceptional service, have supported and served the University or the wider community and demonstrated strong alignment with the University’s values. Recipients are nominated by their fellow students and staff members.

This year’s winners

Lindsay Jack is the Director of Student Experience at the Edinburgh Law School. Lindsay is being recognised for her integrity and advocacy on behalf of marginalised and under-represented students, alongside her fulsome knowledge and insights which have fed into policy, practice, and procedural developments not just within the School and the University, but other institutions and the legal profession as well.

Peter Kind is a Professor of Developmental Neuroscience at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences and is being recognised for his world-leading contributions to research on brain development and for securing the largest ever philanthropic donation to the University in order to create the ‘Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain’.

Claire Cruikshank is Head of Women’s Rugby at University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise. Claire is being recognised for her impact on women’s rugby both at the University and on the international stage through her external coaching roles.

Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla recently graduated with an MA (Hons) in Landscape Architecture and is being recognised for being a role model who actively encouraged and supported her fellow students, her academic work on community building and her enthusiasm for making the most of the opportunities that have been available to her whilst at the University.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Accreditation Team are being recognised for their excellence and dedication in ensuring the successful accreditation of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) degree programme in the UK, America, Australasia and South Africa. Lindsay Dalziel will accept the award on behalf of the team.

The Graduation Team, led by Lizzie Beattie in Student Administration along with colleagues from Estates, are being recognised for their flexibility in adapting to a range of formats and successfully delivering the University’s much-valued and anticipated graduation ceremonies through a challenging few years.

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