Social Informatics: RSE

Friday 17th February 2017
Professor Dame Hazel Hall is elected to RSE

Professor Hazel Hall is one of several women to be elected to The RSE (Royal Society of Edinburgh) this year and the award-winning academic and  Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier, is among 60 new Fellows appointed to the prestigious society.

Elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process, the society brings together distinguished individuals from the arts, business, science and technology as well as  academic worlds with a view to advancing learning and knowledge in Scottish public life. The breadth of the Fellowship – which includes over 1600 individuals from the UK and abroad – enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise.

Professor Hall was recognised winning the Jason Farradane Award at last year’s Internet Librarian International Conference in London for her major contributions to the theory, practice and teaching of information science. She was also praised for her work in raising the profile of information professions.

 “It is a great honour to have been elected a Fellow of the RSE,” she said. “I am looking forward to supporting in the work of the Society, especially that which relates to learning and research for the economic and social benefit of Scotland.” Joining Professor Hall as new Fellows are author Val McDermid, The Right Honourable Dame Elish Frances Angiolini and journalist Kirsty Wark among others. HRH The Duke of Cambridge has also been elected as an RSE Royal Honorary Fellow.
  “Each newly elected Fellow has been nominated on their exceptional and extensive achievements; it is a great honour to welcome such a range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship,” said RSE President, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. “In joining the RSE Fellowship, they will strengthen the Society’s capacity to advance excellence across all areas of public life in Scotland and further afield.”
The RSE is a leading educational charity which operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE now has around 1600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. The work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.
Edinburgh Napier University, takes its name from the brilliant 16th century mathematician John Napier, (left) and has more than 19,000 students from more than 130 countries. Its six Edinburgh-based Schools are spread across three campuses, and it also has transnational education partnerships in Hong Kong, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Switzerland. 

Teaching programmes have strong links with industry, and more than half of the university’s research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework review. Through the Bright Red Triangle, the university offers a one-stop shop for extra-curricular innovation and enterprise activities.


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