This morning we were delighted to welcome to St Margaret’s Professor Dame Sue Black after whom our biology laboratory is named. You might remember that last session we held a competition to name our new labs after eminent female scientists and Dame Sue was suggested in many of the girls’ entries.
A graduate of Aberdeen University, Dame Sue is Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. Throughout her distinguished career she has published many books and articles and has been awarded numerous honours. In the 2016 Birthday Honours List she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to forensic anthropology, and just the other week she was named as one of the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland.
Before assembly I took Dame Sue to visit ‘her’ lab with which she was genuinely thrilled, and she then spoke to the whole school about the importance of making the most of opportunities and being ready to give back to the communities which support us. Senior scientists then gathered in the hall for a most inspiring and informative talk about Dame Sue’s life which was rich with humour and humanity. Questions then flowed very naturally from the girls to the extent that Dame Sue suggested the level of question surpassed those of her 4th year undergraduates!
Miss. A Tomlinson