College of Science & Engineering

Head of College Professor Lesley Yellowlees to retire

Lesley Yellowlees, the distinguished Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, will stand down as Head of College on Friday 28th July after 6 years in the role.

photo of Lesley Yellowlees

Professor Yellowlees became Head of College in October 2011 after completing five years as the Head of the School of Chemistry.  During her time as Head of College, Lesley became the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a post she held for two years.

She has championed equality and diversity within the College and has been actively involved in promoting women in science.

Lesley’s distinguished career has been recognised through election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Institute of Physics.  She has received Honorary Degrees from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt, The Open and Strathclyde Universities, received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016, and was the University of Edinburgh Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

As I enter my last week as Head of the College of Science and Engineering I have been reflecting on all the wonderful things that have happened over the past six years. Our student and staff numbers have increased significantly with the highest quality people joining us from all over the world – we are a truly international community. I have loved working with you all and enjoyed celebrating your many and varied successes and commiserating when things didn’t go according to plan. I believe this is Science and Engineering’s time with opportunities abounding – I look forward to watching, from a distance, all you will achieve. Thank you for the support, hard work and fun we’ve had along the way.

Professor Lesley YellowleesHead of the College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

We all wish Lesley well for the future​​!