2017 Honorary Fellowships

Two honorary fellowships were awarded in 2017, to Professor Emerita Kristin Linklater and Magnus Linklater CBE.

Professor Emerita Kristin Linklater

Kristin Linklater has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of the Highlands and Islands for her services to academia and the arts in Scotland.

Prof Emerita Linklater is a voice production teacher who has pursued a successful academic and theatrical career in the United States and Europe for more than fifty years.

She is one of the most recognised names in the field of voice production and Shakespeare training for actors, having published two leading textbooks which have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into six languages.

Native to Orkney, Kristin trained as an actress and teacher at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She moved to the United States in 1963 where she held positions at New York University, Emerson College and Columbia University and co-founded two Shakespeare companies. She retired from Columbia in 2013 as Emerita Professor of Theatre Arts and has delivered training and lectures across the globe.

Magnus Linklater CBE

Magnus Duncan Linklater has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of the Highlands and Islands for his services to academia and the media in Scotland.

Mr Linklater has held a number of senior editorships on newspapers in London and Scotland, including the Evening Standard, Sunday Times, Observer and London Daily News. He has been Editor of The Scotsman, and columnist and Scotland Editor of The Times.

Born in Orkney, the son of the writer Eric Linklater and his wife Marjorie MacIntyre, Magnus was educated in Scotland and England, and studied modern languages at Cambridge University before going into journalism.

A former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, he is President of the Saltire Society, Chairman of Horsecross Arts and the Little Sparta Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the author of several books on current affairs and Scottish history.

Magnus was awarded a CBE in the 2013 for services to the arts and media in Scotland.