Professor Cait MacPhee made a CBE in the New Year's Honours list

05 Jan 2016

Professor Cait MacPhee has been made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. Cait’s award is given in recognition of her services to women in Physics. Cait is a Professor of Biological Physics, her research focusses on the behaviour of proteins; how they assemble and how that assembly can be controlled. Her recent work on the use of bacterial proteins to stabilise ice-cream has been widely reported.

Cait is an enthusiastic champion of women in physics, a particular focus of hers is the teaching of physics in primary schools. Cait works with schools across Scotland to support primary school teachers who often do not have a science background, giving them more confidence to teach unfamiliar subjects. Cait helps to develop lesson plans and create exciting demonstrations for the class room.

Cait led the School of Physics and Astronomy’s successful bids for Juno Champion and Athena Swann Silver Status. These initiatives aim to address the under-representation of women in physics and promote best practice for women and men.