Executive Dean Awarded Highest Honour at The University of Edinburgh

13 Jul 2018

ZJU-UoE Executive Dean Professor Sue Welburn was honoured with a Doctor of Science (DSC) at the University of Edinburgh yesterday. Professor Welburn’s research, entitled ‘The Complex epidemiology of human sleeping sickness’ continues her extensive work into the disease in sub-Saharan Africa and the interactions between parasites and their vectors and hosts that lead to the transmission of human sleeping sickness.

The DSC is the highest degree awarded by the University and comes after years of hard work and determination from Professor Welburn and her team.

Mike Shipston, Dean of Biomedical Sciences said: "This richly deserved DSc award, conferred at the Biomedical Sciences Graduation ceremony on 10th July 2018, is in recognition of the outstanding international impact of Sue’s research and her contributions to the field.”

Professor Welburn accepted her award in front of colleagues, family and friends

during the Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences graduation in a ceremony held at McEwan Hall last week. She said: “I am honoured to be receiving this award today, this shows you are never too old to learn. Quoting from McEwan Hall itself: Wisdom if the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and will all thy getting, get understanding. Exalt her and she shall bring thee to honour. (Proverbs 4:7).”


Hundreds of students also gathered to graduate from the school, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson handed out the awards.

After the ceremony students, staff and their families went onto celebrate at a special reception where wine and cake was served. This gave them the opportunity to mix with their peers and faculty for possibly the last time before heading onto their new chapters.

Congratulations again to Professor Welburn and all of the students of the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences in Edinburgh.