Royal Society of Edinburgh prizes for Strathclyde academics

Two academics at the University of Strathclyde, and a prominent alumnus of the University, are among the winners of prizes newly announced by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Dr Nasar Meer, of Strathclyde’s School of Social Work & Social Policy, has received the RSE/Thomas Reid Medal for his ground-breaking research work on Muslim identities, race equality and nationalism. Dr Meer also has an outstanding record in media and public engagement and is a current RSE Personal Research Fellow and Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

Dr Malcolm Macdonald, Director of the Strathclyde-based Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, has been awarded the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal for his outstanding research in the development and application of space mission systems, to challenge conventional ideas and advance new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space. Dr Macdonald is also a Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.

A further award has been made to Professor Iain Stewart, of the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth. Professor Stewart, who studied Geography and Geology at Strathclyde, has received the Senior Public Engagement Prize for his exceptional, wide-ranging public engagement through broadcasting – which includes his frequent appearances on television, on programmes such as Rise of the Continents and How to Grow a Planet - and his work with school pupils and teachers. 

Dr Meer, a Reader in Comparative Social Policy and Citizenship, said: “It’s an incredible compliment to receive this prestigious award for my research at the University of Strathclyde.  It comes precisely when there is need for greater knowledge in the areas of national identity, race equality and the status of Muslims in Europe. 

“These are all crucial public policy areas and it’s really wonderful to know that the Royal Society of Edinburgh recognises and values this.”

Dr Macdonald, a Reader of Space Technology in Strathclyde’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by Scotland’s national academy in this way. I thank my colleagues at Strathclyde and my collaborators across the world for the contribution they have made.”

RSE President Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell said: “I offer my warmest congratulations to this year's talented Prizewinners. They, along with previous recipients, help to advance 'learning and useful knowledge', which is also part of the RSE's remit.”