Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor awarded OBE in New Year's Honours

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to Microbiology and the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering.

Professor Lappin-Scott said: " I am delighted that the award recognises my Microbiology research and various UK and international leadership roles and also the work which I, and colleagues at the University, have been doing to develop best practices for equality, diversity and inclusivity as it is important to use all our talents and to increase the visibility of the achievements of female scientists.  I know that this makes a difference to both schoolgirls and women who are early career scientists, that they see that women's contributions are valued".

Senior Pro VC Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott

‌Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott graduated from the University of Warwick (BSc and PhD) and then held Post-doctoral Fellowships in the UK and Canada before her appointment as Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Exeter in 1990. Hilary was awarded a Personal Chair in Microbiology in 1999. Her research group works on unravelling the complexities within microbial biofilm communities and has resulted in the publication of over 200 scientific papers in Microbial Ecology and the successful training of 50 PhD students to completion, many of whom have senior academic or senior posts in multi-national businesses.

During her 20 years at the University of Exeter Professor Lappin-Scott was Head of Biosciences prior to becoming Dean of the Postgraduate Faculty and her duties included improving all aspects of the postgraduate student experience across all three campuses and establishing a prominent research environment within the newly formed Peninsula Medical School. 

Professor Lappin-Scott joined Swansea University in 2010 and is the University lead on Research and Innovation and has a cross cutting role on Strategic Development. Responsibilities within Strategic Development include devising the University Strategic Plans (2012-2017); the Swansea University Employability Academy, undertaking reviews of strategy and activities of various Schools/Colleges and devised the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2015-2020. External Relations roles include interactions with HEFCW, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, Welsh Government, Universities UK (UUK) as well as other key external stakeholders and was a key member of a working group for the STERN Report. She leads the University for Research and Innovation, research fund raising, postgraduate research students and all preparations for REF2021

Hilary was elected President of the Society for Microbiology Society (2009-2012) and was President of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (2006-2010). She is a member of the International Board of the American Society of Microbiology. She co-founded the “ISME Journal” with the Nature Publishing Group, internationally acknowledged to be the leading journal in Microbial Ecology. Prof Lappin-Scott is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Society of Biology and the European Academy of Microbiology.  Professor Lappin-Scott is a Trustee of The Daphne Jackson Trust, Alacrity Trust and appointed by Welsh Government as part of the Wales wide participation in improving entrepreneurship and is Deputy Chair of the Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone.

Professor Lappin-Scott was elected Vice President of the prestigious Federation of European Microbiological Society (FEMS) in September 2016, a scientific body which promotes microbiology at a European level. Professor Lappin-Scott is also Swansea University’s lead for the University's  Athena SWAN agenda, an elected Board member of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Her recent work on promoting girls in Science and retaining women in STEM careers include her TedTalk MOVE OVER BOYS: Why we need more girls/women in STEM Careers and she advises Australian Universities and Research institutes on best practice on supporting women in STEM. Professor Lappin-Scott is also an advisor to the Canadian Science Minister and in November 2016 was awarded the prestigious WISE HERO award WISE Hero Award 2016 and has been shortlisted for the Womenspire 'STEM/Pioneer' Award 2017.

More information about Professor Lappin-Scott can be found on her blog at Hilary Lappin-Scott- Disruptive STEMinist, and through the following media outlets Oxford Journals Spotlight,  Linkedin,  Twitter and  Wikipedia