Research Impact Award for ESRIC



Shortlisted teams from Heriot-Watt University, L-R, Katarzyna Przycybien, Dr Grant Sellar, Krystena Callaghan, Dr Alison Dun, Dr Colin Rickman, Dr Laura Wicks, Prof. Duncan Hand, Dr Ruth Neiland, Dr Vicky Ingram and Katarzyna Cialowicz.

The Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) has been awarded a Commendation in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2016.

The research impact of the Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC), led by Professor Rory Duncan, was recognised at The Herald Higher Education Awards 2016, at a spectacular event hosted by the Herald and BBC's Sally Magnusson.

The awards, now in their second year, celebrate the extraordinary things that are going on in our universities and colleges, recognising the high standard of education that is offered throughout Scotland, and the level of learning that is produced every year. The awards are run in collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland, and are also supported by QAA Scotland, Universities Scotland, Anderson Strathern, technology provider Jisc, City of Glasgow College, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), media company ABSOLUTE and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The ESRIC team were awarded the Commendation for 'Research Project of the Year', coming second to the Gravitational Waves project at University of Glasgow that has proven one of Einstein's theories.

In a short period of time, we have become a world-leading authority in this exciting new area...
Professor Rory Duncan

ESRIC is a super resolution microscopy facility combining the forces of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3) at Heriot-Watt University with the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh. Their partnership has been tremendously stimulating and productive, bringing together mathematicians, engineers, optical physicists, biophysicists and chemists with world-leading geneticists and biomedical researchers to address the molecular basis for human disease.

Professor Duncan said, “In a short period of time, we have become a world-leading authority in this exciting new area, publishing many scientific papers, training PhD students, instructing international visitors, educating the public and filing patents, making us a perfect example of 'how to do' inter-disciplinary work.”

The Research Futures team in the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development were also shortlisted in the 'Academic Support Team of the Year' category, which recognises institutions that engage with their students to make the most of these services and/or provide demonstrable progress and success stories. The team were praised for their collaborative approach and how engagement with a wide range of external experts and senior academic leaders is making an impact on the research students.