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Dinners are held annually in Edinburgh and London. The 2023 London Dinner will be held on Friday 10th March in the Royal Air Force Club, Picadilly, London. Details of the Edinburgh dinner will be confirmed in due course.
Academy alumna, Professor Janice Carruthers has recently been made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ambassador to the UK. Janice is Professor of French Linguistics and Dean of Research within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the structure and evolution of the French language and on language and identity in France. This international honour is fitting recognition of Professor Carruther’s dedication to developing French culture, and French language education over many years. Her exceptional and innovative vision and leadership have not only made Queen's a leader in the field, but have also paved the way for new and exciting research collaborations
Former pupil Dr. Patricia D. Jackson OBE., FRCPCH has recently been honoured with her election as President of the Scottish Paediatric Society in this, its Centenary Year. After leaving BRA, Patricia qualified in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, and then trained in Paediatrics specialising in neuro-developmental disorders. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2017 for services to children with additional support needs and charity. Dr Jackson continues teaching and researching and works with several children’s organisations on a voluntary basis. She is proud to have been a founder member of CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland), is a Board member of ‘The Yard’ an adventure playground for children with special needs, Vice Chair of Down Syndrome Scotland, and past Vice Convener of Children in Scotland. Patricia would be delighted to hear from any alumni living and working in Scotland particularly those with a shared interest in children and young people’s health.
We would like to congratulate former pupil, Miss Amanda McCabe, FRCS (paeds), on her recent appointment to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Amanda left Belfast Royal Academy in 1987 to study Medicine at Nottingham University and has been a consultant paediatric surgeon for 13 years, based at Ninewells Hospital Dundee and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young Adults in Edinburgh.
In November 2020 Stephen Bailie, Principal of Parkhall Primary School, Antrim, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education and the community during the Covid pandemic. Stephen led the creation of a local hub which supported 11 schools within the Antrim and Randalstown area and, in so doing, provided a lifeline in supporting families with key workers.
If you would like to host a reunion for your class, please get in touch with the Alumni Office who can provide guidance and support when setting up the event.