Memorial service to be held in St Andrews for internationally-renowned terrorism expert

Professor Paul Wilkinson.
Professor Paul Wilkinson.

A memorial service is to be held at St Andrews University for the internationally-renowned terrorism expert, Professor Emeritus Paul Wilkinson, who died last summer aged 74.

The celebration of his life will take place in the historic St Salvator’s Chapel at the institution on February 16 and will be led by university chaplain, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan.

Professor Wilkinson came to St Andrews University in 1989 when he was appointed to its first chair in international relations.

Recognised as a pioneer of the study of terrorism and political violence, he was co-founder of the university’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in 1994, which has since become one of the most respected and best known in its field.

Throughout his career, he was a strong opponent of terrorism of all kinds.

In his publications and contributions to the media he consistently argued that the democratic response to both domestic and international terrorism should always be guided by the rule of law.

He was not just a familiar face around St Andrews but in living rooms around the globe as a well-known commentator on the scourge of terrorism and was a widely-quoted expert in the media in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the USA.

In 2009, Professor Wilkinson was appointed a CBE in recognition of distinguished public service.

The memorial service is open to all staff, students and members of the general public and begins at 4.30pm.

The university has stated that Professor Wilkinson’s family has requested that no mourning clothes be worn.

The service will be followed by a reception in Lower College Hall.