Professor Lesley McAra elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Mon 5 April 2021
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has revealed its newly selected 2021 Fellows, and we are delighted to share the news that amongst those elected with this prestigious honour is our very own Lesley McAra, Professor of Penology at Edinburgh Law School.
Lesley will join the RSE’s current roll of around 1,600 leading thinkers and practitioners from Scotland and beyond, whose work has a significant impact on our nation.
This year’s cohort includes many new Fellows who have made a positive impact during the global Covid-19 pandemic: either as a result of their academic research or through their contribution to arts or for the role they have played in communicating complex information with the public. Those who are elected to the Fellowship have undergone a rigorous assessment of their achievements, professional standing and the contribution they and their work make to wider society.
I am deeply honoured to have been elected to the RSE. The motto of the Society is 'Knowledge made Useful' – and in my own career I have always believed in the importance of putting education and research in the service of the wider community. I am looking forward to joining the inspiring fellowship of the Society and working to support the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Scotland.
Congratulations to Lesley for this richly deserved recognition of the esteem in which she is held in the academy.