University of Aberdeen’s first female law professor Margaret Ross to retire

University of Aberdeen's first female law professor Margaret Ross to retire

Professor Margaret Ross

Professor Margaret Ross will retire from the University of Aberdeen at the end of this month after 28 years of service.

Professor Ross graduated from the university in 1979 and has spent her career there in various capacities. She became a part-time tutor in 1980 while she was working in legal practice in Aberdeen before joining the Law School full time in 1992.

Professor Ross is an avid researcher with interests in the law of evidence, procedures in courts and tribunals, and dispute resolution. Following her retirement at the end of this month, Professor Ross will receive emeritus status at the university and will continue her research.

She said: “The university has always been important to me – I didn’t come from a law background at all and so it proved to me that I could do anything if I really put my mind to it.

“Over the years, there have been many things I have been proud of, first and foremost seeing so many students graduate and go on to carve successful careers, not only in law but in many other walks of life.

Head of the Law School, Professor Greg Gordon, said: “Margaret has had a wonderful career and was a real trailblazer for women within the Law School, being both its first female professor and the first female head of school.

“Margaret is one of the leading scholars in the field of the Scots law of evidence and dispute resolution, and her written work is valued by practitioners as well as the academic community.

“She has made an outstanding contribution to the school and the broader university throughout her time here. She has been a great mentor to many, myself included. Although I will be very sorry to lose her as a member of staff I am sure she will be an active professor emerita, and I wish her a long and happy retirement.”

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