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Lady Dorrian & Lord Woolman announced as RSE Fellows


Mar 22, 2022

Lady Dorrian and Lord Woolman have been elected as new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).


The RSE is Scotland's National Academy and provides independent, expert advice to policymakers and inspires innovative thinking.

Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, is Scotland’s second most senior judge and the first woman to be appointed to the role. Lord Woolman is a senior judge and President of the Scottish Tribunals.

Lady Dorrian said: “I am delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the RSE. It is an honour and a privilege to join an institution which has contributed so much to Scottish society and I look forward to participating fully in its work. I hope that I will be able to provide a meaningful contribution on a wide range of critical issues to make a positive and enduring difference.”

Lord Woolman, a former academic at Edinburgh University, said: “The work of the RSE is vitally important at this time with many pressing issues requiring deep thought and consideration to ensure the best way forward for Scottish society.”  

Professor Sir John Ball, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said: “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.”

The current Fellowship comprises around 1700 individuals recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers and practitioners working in, or with, Scotland today.

The RSE states that by using the expertise of its Fellows it creates a unique impact by:

  • inspiring and supporting talent through a wide-ranging programme of research grants and awards
  • engaging the public across Scotland on key contemporary issues through its outreach programme RSE@ and a wide-ranging programme of public events
  • providing impartial advice and expertise to inform policy and practice through in-depth examination of major issues and providing expert comment on topical matters
  • promoting Scotland’s interests overseas through building relationships with sister academies across the world and facilitating research collaborations.

Read about the Academy’s work on their website.

See Lady Dorrian’s biography.

See Lord Woolman’s biography.

22 March 2022