A HEALTH expert at the University of Stirling has been made a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Kate Hunt received the prestigious honour for her contributions to public and behavioural health.

Her research in recent years has focused on the development and evaluation of public health interventions and policy, including smoke-free prisons, the impact of the Covid pandemic on gambling behaviour, attitudes to vaccination and the health and fitness of football fans.

She said: “I’m delighted to receive this honour and to join the more than 1600 Fellows of the British Academy.

“I look forward to sharing my expertise and passion for public health and to engage with some of the world’s leading minds in social sciences and the humanities.”

Professor Hunt joined the university in 2018, where she is a professor in behavioural sciences and health at ISMH.

She is one of 86 fellows recently nominated at the British Academy, a forum for debate and engagement of the world’s leading kinds in humanities and social sciences.

Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Health (ISMH), said: “Huge congratulations to Kate on such a well-deserved accolade.

“This fellowship recognises the highly important work she continues to do, and the influence she has, in the fields of behavioural and public health, as well as her contribution to the world-leading research being carried out as ISMH.”