Briggs’ Parliamentary motion welcomes new Roslin Institute head

Miles Briggs, Lothian Tory MSP, is welcoming the news that a new Director has been appointed to lead the Roslin Institute. Professor Eleanor Riley, currently a Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will take up her position later this year in succession to Professor David Hume who stood down in January. Miles has today tabled a Parliamentary motion welcoming the news.

Speaking today Miles Briggs MSP said:

“ I congratulate Professor Riley on her appointment and am delighted that the Roslin Institute will be led by someone of her standing and experience.

“ The Roslin Institute rightly enjoys a very high reputation internationally for its cutting edge innovation and research in bioscience and animal health. It is an important part of Lothian’s world class academic sector and of very significant value to the area’s economy. I am sure Professor Riley will help drive forward its continued success and development.”


* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-04877
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 24/03/2017

Title: Professor Eleanor Riley, New Director of the Roslin Institute

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that Professor Eleanor Riley has been named as the new Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute; notes that Professor Riley, who is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will take up her position later in 2017 in succession to Professor David Hume, who stood down in January; is aware that Professor Riley, who holds degrees from Bristol, Cornell and Liverpool universities, has more than 30 years of research experience in the UK and Africa; considers that her appointment is a welcome boost for the Roslin Institute, which enjoys a justifiably very high global reputation for its work in animal health, welfare, production and bioscience, and wishes Professor Riley every success in her leadership of the Roslin Institute.

Chris Terry