Resources and Governance

 The Young Academy of Scotland has the following resources:

    • The Young Academy operates under the RSE Scotland SCIO (SC043194), a charity connected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    • Members pay a subscription of £80 per annum.

    • Sponsorship is sought for particular activities, e.g. by the working groups.

    • The Principals of many of the Scottish universities have agreed to provide expenses for those of their staff appointed to the Young Academy.

    • The Young Academy is supported by dedicated administrative staff provided by the RSE.

The Young Academy co-operates with the RSE and the SCIO through a Memorandum of Understanding which underpins the principles of the relationship between all three parties.

These governing principles enable the Young Academy to develop a distinctive, coherent, and influential “voice” for public benefit by addressing many of the challenging issues facing society.


The rules and practices by which we have agreed to conduct our activites are laid out in the Statute of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Strategic Plan

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) has released its first 5-year Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision.

2020 Vision outlines YAS’s forward-looking objectives, and also defines six core themes through which it will deliver its mission.

Facilitating Group 2016

Our activities are led by a facilitating group of four elected co-chairs and a treasurer. (Currently one of these positions is a job share between two members)

The Young Academy of Scotland's Facilitating Group can be contacted on 


 VLVictoria Loughlan


Scottish Government


Stella ChanKate Walker


Freelance consultant


Stuart ReidStuart Reid


University of Strathclyde


Nasar Meer webNasar Meer


University of Edinburgh


ORourke BernadetteBernadette O'Rourke


Heriot-Watt University


James Blake webJames Blake


Edinburgh Napier University

Young Academy Manager

Morven Chisholm, RSE staff

Young Academy Executive Assistant

Marie Montondo

Our Members

Wenxuan Hou is Professor and Chair in Corporate Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School. His research interests cover corporate finance and governance, business ethics and financial markets.

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