Bishopbriggs woman elected to Fellowship of Scotland national academy


Professor Aileen Fyfe is one of 80 thinkers, researchers and practitioners whose election as CSR Fellows has just been announced.

The CSR Fellowship comprises around 1,600 leading experts in the sciences, arts, business, professional, service and public sectors, with links to Scotland.

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Aileen attended Auchinairn Primary School and Laurel Bank School, before moving with her family to Leeds when she was 15.

Aileen Fyfe of Bishopbriggs

She told the Kirkintilloch Herald: ‘I finished school in Leeds and then went to Cambridge University.

“My academic career then took me to Galway in the west of Ireland – which is just as wet as the west of Scotland! – then to the University of St Andrews where I am now a professor of modern history.”

She added that she was delighted to have been elected to CSR.

This important marker of esteem closely follows the good news from the Leverhulme Trust – a UK national grant-making organization – which awarded Aileen a major research fellowship for 2022-24.

Aileen said: ‘I did all my degrees at Cambridge where I had planned to study biological natural sciences and ended up falling in love with the history of science.

“As a result, I strongly believe in the value of a broad degree structure that allows – even encourages – students to explore new subject matter and, where appropriate, change direction.”

She added: “I believe in the importance of learned societies and subject associations, and appreciate the reflexivity of being a director or member of these organizations myself and studying them in history.

“I can’t help but be aware of the marginal position that academic women have historically held in these communities and actively work to mentor and advocate for women in academia.”

FRSE Professor Alexander Garvie, who also lives in Bishopbriggs, congratulated Aileen on her election.

Aileen said: “I learned Latin and Greek at school from Alex’s wife, Jane.”

Alex, who has been a member of the RSE for many years, is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow.


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