Celebrating our colleagues – 30 November

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Each fortnight, bulletin highlights and celebrates the latest prizes awarded to our fellow staff members. Congratulations to all involved.


Dr Justyna Bandola-Gill, Research Fellow in the School of Social & Political Science, has been awarded Evidence & Policy journal’s 2021 Carol Weiss Prize, in recognition of her outstanding research paper on the legitimacy of experts in policy. 

Dr Diego Battison, Lecturer in the School of Economics, has been named the winner of the CESifo Affiliated Award 2021 in the CESifo Network Area Economics of Digitization. The award is given to promising young scholars.

Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services and Assistant Principal Online Learning has been awarded an Open Education Award for Leadership Excellence in recognition of her significant achievements in gathering and growing the University’s Open Education Resources.

Alex Murphy, Professor of Nuclear & Particle Astrophysics in the School of Physics & Astronomy, has been awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Public Engagement Medal in recognition of his contributions to communication, engagement and in advancing public discussion in science.

Hannah Rothmann, Student Intern in the Learning, Teaching and Web team has been awarded an Open Education Student Award for the many excellent Open Education Resources she created and shared during the Covid-19 lockdown, which have been used by Institutions across the world.

Giovanni Stracquadanio, Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology in the School of Biological Sciences and Co-Director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, has been recognised with an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellowship. The award helps early career researchers with the greatest potential to develop world-leading research.


Please get in touch with us to let us know about any awards you or your colleagues have received. You can email us at bulletin@ed.ac.uk.