Two long-standing figures at Heriot-Watt University have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Welsh-born Professor John has been with the University since becoming a lecturer in Chemistry in 1972. He steadily rose through the ranks before entering a senior leadership role of Dean of Science and Engineering and then Senior Dean of the University. Since 2003, the Professor of Chemistry has been the Executive Chair of SCHOLAR, an online learning platform that provides courses in STEM, business and languages for young people across Scotland.
Virtually all secondary schools in Scotland currently subscribe to SCHOLAR making it one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes at this level.
It was for Professor John’s leadership of this programme and his illustrious career that he has been recognised with the recent honour.
He said: “When I received my letter about the OBE it came as a complete surprise.
"While it is an honour for my family and I, it's also testament to the people, both past and present, who have contributed to SCHOLAR and helped with its success.
"It has been fantastic for me to play a part in the SCHOLAR programme, which provides young people access to high quality learning and teaching resources.”
The Queen's Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Among this year’s recipients is Professor Bob Craik, the founding Provost of Heriot-Watt University’s Malaysia campus.
In 2012, he was appointed to his greatest professional challenge when he became the head of the team establishing the University’s campus in Malaysia. Over the following five years, Professor Craik and his growing team created a vibrant community of 2,000 staff and students.
Professor Bob Craik OBE