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YAS member recognised for partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College

A project set up by YAS member Anne Schwan has been honoured with the Partnership Award at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards.  The project, in which University student volunteers are paired with prisoners at HMP Edinburgh for one-on-one English language, literacy, and creative writing tuition, is the result of a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Prison Service, and Fife College.

The awards were hosted by Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson at an event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

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3 YAS Members amongst new Fellows of the RSE

Three YAS members were named today amongst 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Sharon Ashbrook, Cait MacPhee and Graeme Malcolm join Ineke De Moortel, who last year became the first YAS member inducted into the RSE.

As Scotland’s National Academy, the RSE’s Fellowship hails from sector that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.

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YAS member Elizabeth Fairley arrived at Babson College in Boston this week as part of the 2013 Saltire Fellowship. The cohort of 19 extremely talented individuals had the weekend to settle into their new homes after an action packed induction week at the RBS Business School in Gogarburn. 

Keynote speakers throughout the week included Iain MacGregor who talked about how to grow your business to a £50m turnover, Professor Les Charm, from Babson College, who will introduce the Fellows to entrepreneurial leadership, Kenny Kemp, Editor of Business Quarterly Scotland who discussed his career in covering the entrepreneurial landscape and Hugh Griffith, who shared his business experiences which include pioneering a ground-breaking treatment for children suffering from Leukaemia.

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Young Academy Member Dr Per Ola Kristensson has been tipped as one of the young innovators most likely to “change the world.” The computer scientist is one of 35 top young innovators named by the prestigious MIT Technology Review.

For over a decade, the global media company has recognised a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to “transform the world.” Dr Kristensson joins a stellar list of technological talent; previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr.

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Young Academy Member Nigel Eccles, co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, recently picked up the Developing Entrepreneur Award at the third annual ITC Enterprise Awards. The awards were presented by some of the IT industry's biggest names, including Mike Lynch, Founder of Autonomy, Mark Lancaster, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SDL and Mike Tobin, CEO of Telecity, at a celebratory dinner held on Friday 7 June at Plaisterers' Hall in London.

More than 200 people attended the gala ceremony, which is rapidly establishing a reputation as a premier entrepreneur event in the UK's technology industry. The awards celebrate the achievements of the most successful entrepreneurs in the industry and are open to anyone sponsored by a member of the ITC.

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