• Annie Lennox OBE is among those appointed to the Fellowship alongside Mark Logan, the former Skyscanner Chief Operating Officer (COO) for his business expertise, and Professor Marc Turner of the University of Edinburgh and the Director at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.
  • 80 new Fellows have been elected to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh from across the sciences, arts, education, business, and public life.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy; has announced its 2022 intake of Fellows, with 80 names from the arts, business, public service and civil society as well as academia from Scotland and beyond.

Royal Society of Edinburgh, new Fellows 2022

They will be joining the RSE’s current Fellowship of around 1,700 Fellows, who are recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.

This year, Dr Annie Lennox, Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University and award-winning Scottish singer, songwriter and activist, has received an Honorary Fellowship.

Dr Lennox is best known for her musical career as part of the band ‘Eurythmics’ and has also had a distinguished award-winning solo career. She is the original founder of The Circle: a non-profit organisation of women working together to achieve equality for women and girls in a fairer world and was formerly Special Envoy for the Scottish Parliament.

I’m truly humbled and honoured to have been nominated as a Fellow of the RSE. Apart from a lifetime of music making, my ardent passion lies with the most crucial issues facing all of humanity at this precarious point in time, namely the sustainability of our precious planet and the actual implementation of human rights and justice, most especially regarding the lives of women and girls in all four corners of the globe.

My hope has always been to create a positive influence and contribution towards lasting transformative change.

Dr Annie Lennox OBE

Others named as Fellows of the RSE this year include Professor Mark Logan, co-Founder of Ipso-Facto where he is an investment and start-up adviser. He is also a professor of computing science at the University of Glasgow, and the former COO of Skyscanner, one of Europe’s most successful technology companies. With 25 years of senior management experience and award-winning business leadership, he is currently appointed by the Scottish Government to lead the government’s development programme for Scotland’s high-tech sector. Speaking about his Fellowship, Professor Mark Logan said:

I am honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the RSE, joining the company of such remarkable people. I look forward to working with Fellows across a range of sectors, to help establish Scotland as an entrepreneurship global centre of excellence.

Professor Mark Logan

Theresa Shearer, CEO of ENABLE Group and an influential Scottish third sector leader who has delivered policy change both domestically and internationally has also joined the 2022 Fellows intake. She has previously led a national campaign to deliver the Living Wage to social care employees, is a Commissioner on the UK Law Family Commission on Civil Society and is the Vice President of Inclusion Europe, advocating to end segregation and institutionalisation of disabled people.

Working with colleagues in the RSE, I look forward to continuing to influence public policy as we seek to move forward from the pandemic, and lay the foundations for a more resilient, inclusive, and equitable society both in Scotland and globally. We will promote collaboration between public, private and third sectors, underpinned by data and evidence, to empower and enable positive change in Scotland

Theresa Shearer

Another Fellow honoured is Professor Marc Turner, Director at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and Professor of Cellular Therapy at the University of Edinburgh. His research has made strong contributions to our understanding of the risks of transmission of prion diseases, which are a group of rare, fatal brain diseases that affect animals and humans, and the translation of advanced therapeutic medicinal products to clinical practice.

Marc is also a Member of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs, of the Scottish Medicines Consortium and a Commissioner on the UK Commission on Human Medicines.

I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Fellowship of the RSE. I look forward to collaboratively working with other Fellows across academic, commercial and healthcare boundaries in Scotland and further afield to support the successful translation of scientific knowledge into tangible outcomes

Professor Marc Turner

This year’s cohort represents the diversity of expertise within Scotland and the UK, with academics, leaders from business, Scotland’s tech sector, the legal sector and arts and culture industries being inducted to the Fellowship.

With a more diverse Fellowship, the RSE hopes to make even more of an impact across its policy, research and engagement work which seeks to address the key contemporary issues of the day. 

It is a privilege to be able to welcome our new Fellows, and we are inspired by the breadth of talent and experience in our Fellowship. Every single individual elected this year has shown exceptional levels of expertise and insight in their chosen field, and their input helps RSE effect real and lasting change in Scotland’s society

We look forward to working with our diverse Fellowship who provide a crucial link between the world of academic research and practice with government, business and civil society.

Professor Sir John Ball, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The full list of new Fellows 2022 are as follows:

Honorary Fellow

  • Dr Annie Lennox
    Singer, Songwriter and Activist

Corresponding Fellows

  • Professor Jérôme Casas
    Professor of Ecology, University of Tours
  • Mr Chirikure Chirikure
    Director, International Literature Festival, Harare
  • Professor Edwin Constable
    Professor of Chemistry, University of Basel
  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
    Executive Chairperson and Founder, Biocon Limited


  • Professor Dr Marialuisa Aliotta
    Professor of Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Kenneth Baillie
    Professor of Experimental Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Jude Barber
    Architect-Director, Collective Architecture
  • Dr Damian Barr
    Writer & Broadcaster
  • Professor Arend Bayer
    Professor of Algebraic Geometry, School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Francesco Berto
    Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Mirko Canevaro
    Professor of Greek History, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Stella Chan
    Charlie Waller Chair (Professor) in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment, University of Reading
  • Professor Ravinder Dahiya
    Professor of Electronics and Nanoengineering and EPSRC Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Jamie Davies
    Professor of Experimental Anatomy, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Mirela Delibegovic
    Dean for Industrial Engagement in Research & Knowledge Transfer, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Cam Donaldson
    Yunus Chair and Distinguished Professor of Health Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Lady Leeona Dorrian
    Lord Justice Clerk, Court of Session
  • Professor Stephen Driscoll
    Professor of Historical Archaeology, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Rory Duncan
    UK Research and Innovation Director, Talent and Skills
  • Professor Lindsay Farmer
    Professor of Law, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Sinead Farrington
    Professor of Experimental Particle Physics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Frances Fowle
    Personal Chair of Nineteenth-Century Art, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Aileen Fyfe
    Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Colin Galbraith
    Chairman, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Professor Brian Gerardot
    Professor of Physics and RAEng Chair in Emerging Technology, Heriot-Watt University
  • Neil Gillespie OBE
    Chairman and Design Director, Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Professor Sotiria Grek
    Professor of European and Global Education Governance, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Harriet Harris MBE
    University Chaplain and Head of the Chaplaincy Service, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Emma Hart
    Professor of Computational Intelligence, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Helen Hastie
    Professor of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University
  • Professor Caroline Heycock
    Professor of Syntax, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Matthew Holden
    Professor of Pathogen Genomics, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Robert Holdsworth
    Professor of Structural Geology, Durham University and Chair of the Scottish Geology Trust
  • Professor Wenxuan Hou
    Professor and Chair in Corporate Finance, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Muhammad Ali Imran
    Professor of Communication Systems, University of Glasgow
  • Carolyn Jameson
    Chief Trust Officer, Trustpilot
  • Dr Siobhán Jordan
    Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Teagasc
  • Professor Andy Kerr
    Director, UK & Ireland, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Professor Janice Kirkpatrick OBE
    Director, Graven
  • Graham Leicester
    Director International Futures Forum
  • Professor Stephen Liddle
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Manchester
  • Professor Mark Logan
    Professor in Practice, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Dame Caroline MacEwen DBE
    Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Dundee
  • Professor Frances Mair
    Norrie Miller Professor of General Practice and Head of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Adele Marston
    Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Gillian Mead
    Professor of Stroke and Elderly Care Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Daisy Narayanan
    Head of Placemaking and Mobility, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Professor Inke Nathke
    Interim Dean, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
  • Professor Bryne Ngwenya
    Professor of Microbial Geochemistry and Head of School of GeoSciences, School Of Geosciences, Edinburgh University
  • Professor John Norrie
    Chair of Medical Statistics and Trial Methodology, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh
    Professor of Gaelic; Head of College of Arts and Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Rory O’Connor
    Professor of Health Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • Richard Ovenden OBE
    Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford
  • Dr Adele Patrick
    Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Professor Jamie Pearce
    Professor of Health Geography and Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Ewan Pearson
    Professor of Diabetic Medicine, University of Dundee
  • Professor Peter Proud
    Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and CEO, Forrit
  • Professor Gill Reid
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Southampton
  • Melanie Reid MBE
    Author, Times Writer & Columnist,
  • Professor Susan Rigby
    Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University
  • Professor Susan Rosser
    Chair of Synthetic Biology, University of Edinburgh and RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies
  • Leigh-Ann Russell
    Executive Vice President, Innovation and Engineering, BP
  • Professor Christian Rutz
    Professor of Biology, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Philip Rycroft CB
    Senior Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
    Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Donald Shaw
    Musician/Composer and Artistic Director, Celtic Connections
  • Theresa Shearer
    Chief Executive Officer, ENABLE Group
  • Dr Mhairi Stewart
    Public Engagement Manager, Museum für Naturkunde
  • Catherine Stihler OBE
    Chief Executive Officer, Creative Commons
  • Professor Marc Turner
    Director, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
  • Linda Urquhart OBE
    Non-Executive Director, Edinburgh Airport and Coutts & Co
  • Professor Helen Walden
    Professor of Structural Biology, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Cheng-Xiang Wang
    Professor of Wireless Communications, Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems, Heriot-Watt University
  • Professor Ya Ping Wang
    Professor in Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Barbara Webb
    Professor of Biorobotics, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Linda Woodhead MBE
    F.D. Maurice Chair in Moral and Social Theology, King’s College London
  • Lord Stephen Woolman
    Senator of the College of Justice and President of Scottish Tribunals, Scottish Courts
  • Professor James Yu MBE
    Future Networks, SP Energy Works
  • Dr Sabir Zazai
    Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Refugee Council