University congratulates colleagues named in Birthday Honours

The commitment and service of a leading international science advocate, a long-serving member of the student support team, and a senior colleague in medical teaching have all been honoured in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Professor Anne Glover, Vice-Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen, has been made a Dame of the British Empire for services to science within the United Kingdom and the European Union.  Professor Glover served until last year as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission.

Professor Glover said: "I am delighted that the importance of science has been recognised in this way.  It is not possible to have an impact working alone and so I hope everyone with whom I have worked in the UK and in Brussels - and my husband Ian in particular - will share the award with me, as they deserve much of the credit.  I'm also very lucky that my university, the University of Aberdeen, has been so supportive, especially over the last 8.5 years whilst I've been working away from Aberdeen.  Most of all, I hope that young women who have an interest in science might look at me and think I seem quite "normal", maybe just like them, and know that they too could have a tremendously exciting life in science."

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor said "On behalf of myself, and the University of Aberdeen, I am absolutely delighted with this recognition of Anne’s contribution, not only to science  and to international science policy, but also to engaging all audiences with the knowledge and opportunities it brings. Anne provides exactly the inspiration, passion and role model we need - especially to young women - as we develop the next generation of scientists to tackle the challenges that still lie ahead.”

Professor Glover joined the University of Aberdeen in 1983 and pursued a distinguished career in microbiology, including the launch of a spin-out company based on her research.  While on secondment from the University, Professor Glover was appointed the first Chief Scientific Adviser to Scotland (2006-2011) and then the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2014). In March 2015 Professor Glover was appointed to the board of Scottish Enterprise, the economic development agency that provides enterprise, investment and innovation support within the context of the Scottish Government Economic Strategy. Professor Glover will re-join the University in June 2015 to take up her Vice-Principal role at the University following a period of sabbatical at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin.

Mrs Iris Paterson, known to generations of University of Aberdeen students as simply Mrs P, has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

As catering assistant, confidante, friend and dispenser of wisdom, Mrs P has served the student community at the University for over 50 years, and still works as part of the support team at The Hub. Last summer she received a long-service award at the summer graduations from University Chancellor, HRH The Duchess of Rothesay.

Mrs P first arrived at the University in 1964, joining the staff of Crombie Hall as a ‘house table maid’. It was a three-month post which was to last half a century and counting. “I’ll never retire,” she insists. “People ask me and I just tell them – I love my boys and girls, and I’d miss them too much.”

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor added ““On behalf of all members of the University of Aberdeen family I would like to congratulate Mrs P on this truly fitting recognition of  her service to generations of students and staff.”

Mr John Duncan, Director of Undergraduate Teaching (Inverness), and honorary senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen, was awarded an OBE for his services to healthcare in the north of Scotland.

John Duncan has had a lead role supporting medical students in Aberdeen for many years as the deputy year 5 lead. Last year he took on the Director of Undergraduate Teaching role and now oversees the delivery of the curriculum for both medical and physician associate students in the Highlands. 

He is also a Consultant General Surgeon who, with colleagues, provides an integrated General and Vascular surgical service for 250,000 people in Highland, Western Isles and West Grampian.  Mr Duncan developed and ran the Highland and Islands Aneurysm Screening Programme. He has had various management roles within Raigmore Hospital and NHS Highland, and currently represents General Surgery on the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Professor David Reid, Head of School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University, commented "It is wonderful to see our new Director of Teaching for medical students in Inverness rewarded for his excellence and innovative healthcare. He will be a fabulous role model for our students based in Inverness."