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Principal's Medals

Principal's Medals recognise staff or students who have made a significant contribution to the University, and those who have made an impact in the wider community outside the University.

The Principal awards two Medals annually.

  • The Exceptional Service Award recognises a staff member or team who has delivered exceptional service by devoting time and energy beyond what is expected of their position to supporting and serving the University community and mission.
  • The Contribution to the Community Award honours staff or students who have played a key role in a project to the community they’ve worked, lived in or contributed to.

The Principal’s Medals are produced in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art and usually awarded during a graduation ceremony.

2017 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Professor Aziz Sheikh, Director of the Usher Institute
Contribution to the Community
Alexandros Angelopoulos and Sam Kellerhals, undergraduates in the School of Geosicences

2016 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Amy Woodgate, Project Manager - Distance Education Initiative & Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and the MOOCs Team
Contribution to the Community
Colin Adams, Director of Commercialisation

2015 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Máire Cox, Communicator at OPENspace Research Centre
Contribution to the Community
Dr Andrew Gardiner, Senior Lecturer at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

2014 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Johanna Holtan, International Engagement Coordinator, Edinburgh University Students' Assiciation (EUSA)
Contribution to the Community
Nicholle Bell, PhD student, School of Chemistry

2013 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Professor Scott Murray, St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care, Centre for Population Health Science
Also recognised: Dr Elizabeth Grant, Dr Kirsty Boyd and Dr Marilyn Kendall in Professor Murray’s Primary Palliative Care Research Group
Contribution to the Community
Rebecca MacKenzie, Pro Bono Coordinator and Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Professional Legal Studies, Edinburgh Law School

2012 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Dr Jane Haley, Scientific Manager, Edinburgh Neuroscience
Contribution to the Community
Ms Sharon Douglas, Administration Assistant, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Education Programme
Ms Dee Isaacs, Lecturer in Music, Edinburgh College of Art

2011 Principal's Medal winners

Exceptional Service
Ms Karen Bowman, Director of Procurement; Mr Jake Broadhurst, International Projects Manager, Global Academies
Contribution to the Community
Dr Chris Speed, Reader in Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art

2010 Principal's Medal winner

Principal's Medal
Mr Paul Nisbet, Senior Research Fellow, School of Education; Joint Coordinator of Communication Access Literacy & Learning (CALL) Scotland

2009 Principal's Medal winner

Principal's Medal
Ben Miller, Edinburgh graduate and Fairtrade campaigner

2008 Principal's Medal winners

Principal's Medal
Lesley Forrest, Senior Administrative Assistant, Financial Accounting
Grant Guthrie, English Literature graduate and charity worker

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