Boyle awarded Chancellor’s Medal
May 25, 2018
Professor Peter Boyle, President of the International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) and Director of the Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health at iPRI, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Strathclyde. This prestigious award is an annual award by the University Chancellor presented for outstanding achievement in the international domain. The medal was presented to Professor Boyle by the Chancellor, Lord Smith of Kelvin, at the annual University Dinner on Thursday 24th May, 2018.
Professor Boyle stated that he was honoured to be the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal this year which not only honoured himself but recognised everyone working in the area of Global Public Health within the University. He made a brief presentation outlining his own activities and those at iPRI emphasising the work of many Departments within Strathclyde University contributing to Global Public Health in a number of domains including vaccination; prosthetics, orthotics and Bioengineering in general; Physical Activity and Health lifestyle; Electrical Engineering with projects resulting in sustainable advances in rural energy systems in remote locations in many parts of the world; on water technology and the supply of such basic elements lower-resource countries; policy development for a healthier and longer life; and working on identification of causes of deprivation and their elimination.
After the ceremony, Professor Boyle posed with the medal with Sir Jim McDonald, the Principal of Strathclyde University.
The University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 through the will of John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow who left instructions and the majority of his estate to create a second university in Glasgow which would focus on “Useful Learning” – specialising in practical subjects – “for the good of mankind and the improvement of science, a place of useful learning”. The University later named its city centre campus after him. The university has grown from approximately 4,000 full-time students in 1964 to over 20,000 students in 2003, when it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the original Royal College building.