Scots from all walks of life have had their achievements recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Seona Reid, former director of Glasgow School of Art, is made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her work in the creative industries.

It comes four months after she stepped down from the position she held for 14 years.

Glasgow Lawyer and Bollywood actress Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh receives an OBE for services to business and the Asian community.

The mother-of-four is an SNP candidate for next year's European Parliament elections and is also a member of the pro-independence campaign Yes Scotland's advisory board. She is chair and founder of the Scottish Asian Women's Association.

Former Lib Dem MSP Robert Brown gets a CBE and long serving Renfrewshire councillor Eileen McCartin and MBE.

And retired Lanarkshire GP William Scott has been given the British Empire medal for his efforts as a Scout leader in the village of Douglas.

Professor Geoffrey Palmer, born Godfrey Palmer - Scotland's first black professor - is knighted for his services to human rights, science and charity.

The brewing and cereals expert, who is a professor emeritus at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University, is also an anti-racism campaigner.

Prof Palmer is one of a number of leading figures from universities whose achievements are celebrated this year.

Professor Adrian Bird, the Buchanan professor of genetics at Edinburgh University, is knighted for services to science.

Others being honoured are award-winning cook and food writer Lady Claire Macdonald.

The self-taught cook runs Kinloch Lodge luxury hotel on the Isle of Skye with
her husband Lord Macdonald. She receives a CBE for services to the hospitality industry and to charity in Scotland, particularly Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Hairdresser Jennifer Cheyne receives an OBE for her services to the industry and for charity.

Ms Cheyne, who set up her first salon in 1976 with just one assistant, now employs more than 170 people at six salons across Edinburgh. She also starred in the Channel 4 series Secret Millionaire, going undercover in the former Welsh coal mining village of Aberfan.

Artist Derek Clarke, the oldest member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, gets an MBE in the same year an exhibition was held to mark his 100th birthday.

The painter turns 101 on New Year's Eve.

The achievements of many ordinary people are recognised in the honours, with Michael Hippisley to get an MBE for services to the Samaritans in Dundee.

The same honour goes to both Judith Jardine, headteacher of Hightae Primary School in Lockerbie, for her services to education, and Thomas Kelly, founder and manager of Johnstone Credit Union, for his services to the community and to financial services.