Briggs congratulates Sir Timothy O’Shea on Edinburgh Award.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP, is congratulating the University of Edinburgh Principal Sir Timothy O’Shea on being named as this year’s winner of the Edinburgh Award. Miles has this morning tabled a Parliamentary motion at Holyrood welcoming the award which has already attracted broad cross party support. Sir Timothy becomes the 11th recipient of the award, following in the footsteps of previous winners including JK Rowling, Professor Peter Higgs, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and Professor Richard Demarco.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I congratulate Sir Timothy on receiving this prestigious award which is richly deserved.

“ Sir Timothy has provided strong and dynamic leadership for the University of Edinburgh during his period in charge and has helped ensure that it remains one of the very best academic institutions internationally with a global reach and profile.

“ The University of Edinburgh is a key element of the economy of the city and wider region and helps drive economic growth here and it is entirely appropriate that Sir Timothy’s contribution to the University and city is being recognised through him receiving this prestigious civic honour.”


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

Motion Number: S5M-07680
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 14/09/2017

Title: Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea Wins the Edinburgh Award

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, on winning the Edinburgh Award, which is one of the city’s most prestigious honours; is aware that Sir Timothy, who is also chair of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has led the university for 15 years; considers that his leadership in this period has been exceptional and has ensured that the university remains in the top rank of academic institutions internationally and has continued to expand and innovate; considers that him receiving the Edinburgh Award, the 11th individual to do so since its inception, is richly deserved given his contribution to the city, and wishes him well in the future as he is set to retire from his role as Principal in January 2018.

Miles Briggs