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Professor Alice Brown, CBE, FRSE, AcSS, FRCP Edin, FRSA, Cipfa (Hon)

Alice Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously the University’s Head of Department of Politics and a Vice-Principal, as well as Co-Director of its Institute of Governance.

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Chair of SFC, Professor Alice BrownAlice gained extensive research experience during her academic career and through her appointment on the Economic and Social Research Council. She has published widely on economic and labour market policy, equal opportunities, women and politics, Scottish politics, constitutional change and administrative justice.

Throughout her career Alice has played an active role in public life in Scotland and the UK and has served on a wide range of public bodies and organisations, including:

  • Committee on Standards in Public Life (Nolan Committee).
  • Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (and Chair of their Mergers Committee).
  • Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council.
  • Royal College of Physicians Lay Advisory Group (Chair).
  • Architects Registration Board.
  • British and Irish Ombudsman Association.
  • Community Planning Taskforce in Scotland (Chair).
  • Equal Opportunities Commission in Scotland.
  • Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland.
  • Hansard Society Scotland.
  • British Council (Scotland Committee).
  • Centre for Scottish Public Policy.
  • Scottish Low Pay Unit.

Alice was appointed as the first Scottish Public Services Ombudsman in 2002 (Crown appointment), a post she held until her retirement in 2009. She was elected as the General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and stood down from this position on becoming Chair of SFC. 

Alice’s contributions to public life were recognized in the Queen’s Honours list 2010 when she was awarded a CBE and through the award of the title of Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh (2008). She has also received honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen (2016), Queen’s University Belfast (2014), Glasgow Caledonian University (2012), the University of Edinburgh (2010), Edinburgh Napier University (2009), the University of Stirling (2004); and a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association (2009).

Alice is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edin), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa).

Alice currently serves as:

  • Trustee, David Hume Institute.
  • Member, Board of Governors, Public Policy Institute for Wales.
  • Member, Strategic Group on Women and Work, Scottish Government.

Alice’s appointment to SFC runs from 3 October 2013 to 2 October 2017.

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