Usher Institute

Professor Linda Bauld awarded OBE

Professor Linda Bauld is awarded an OBE for services to guiding the public health response to, and public understanding of, COVID-19.

Congratulations to Professor Linda Bauld on receiving an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021.

Linda holds the Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and since 2014 has also served as Cancer Research UK's cancer prevention adviser. She is Director of the Research consortium, SPECTRUM - a multi-university, multi-agency research consortium focused on the commercial determinants of health and health inequalities funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

Along with many colleagues working in public health she has been involved in re-purposing existing research to respond to the pandemic and setting up new studies. She has been advising the COVID-19 committee of the Scottish parliament, joined a UK Research and Innovation rapid COVID-19 research funding panel and worked with the Royal Society of Edinburgh as a member of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission.

Perhaps most notably she has worked tirelessly over the past 15 months on science communication during the pandemic. This has involved keeping up to date with the latest data and studies and responding to daily media requests to help the public in Scotland, the UK and internationally make sense of the latest developments and look ahead to next steps. 

I am delighted to be included in the Queen's Birthday Honours List along with so many others who have contributed during such a difficult period. I'm very grateful to my colleagues in a wide range of organisations who I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with over the years. Particular thanks to those I've worked with in 2020 and 2021 - I have learnt a lot.

Professor Linda BauldDirector, SPECTRUM; Head of the Centre of Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute

Linda's profile at The University of Edinburgh

SPECTRUM news announcement

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