By Press Office 01 March 2019

A Queen Margaret University (QMU) professor has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his work in the field of global health and development.

Professor Alastair Ager, Director of the Institute of Global Health and Development at QMU, will receive the honour in recognition of his contributions and dedication to the industry.

Professor Ager has worked in the field of global health and development for over twenty-five years, after originally training in psychology at the universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK.  He has wide international experience as a lecturer, researcher and consultant across sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, Europe and North America, working with a range of intergovernmental, non-governmental and governmental agencies.

Professor Ager said: “As the grandson of an Edinburgh postmaster and being in the first generation of my family to attend university, I am deeply honoured and proud of this recognition. I believe it sends a strong signal regarding the importance of social inclusion in higher education, as well as recognising the value of research that seeks to directly address inequity locally and globally.”

President of the RSE, Professor Dame Anne Glover, said, “The calibre of our Fellows never ceases to amaze me and this year is no different. For such a small country we surpass ourselves with the talent and expertise that exists across our academic, cultural and business landscape. All of our Fellows are assets, not just to the RSE but to Scotland and the rest of the world, and I look forward to welcoming and working with them”.

Professor Ager will be inducted in May 2019. More information on the current membership and the work of the RSE can be found at www.rse.org.uk.

Notes to Editor

For further media information please contact Karen Keith (Media Relations and Content Officer) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: kkeith@qmu.ac.uk T: 0131 474 0000.

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