PhD student wins top researcher practitioner award

A part-time PhD student within the University’s Centre for Social Informatics has received a top award from a leading professional body.

Date posted

8 November 2016


Last updated

19 March 2020

Leo Appleton has been awarded the 2016 Research Practitioner Excellence Award by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Leo received the award at CILIP’s 2016 New Professionals Day in London last month.

The award recognises the work of an individual or a team that has made a substantial contribution to Library and Information Science (LIS) research in the past year.

Alongside his studies at Edinburgh Napier, Leo is also Associate Director of Library Services at the University of the Arts, London. An active LIS practitioner-researcher, at work Leo investigates innovative approaches to information literacy within the specific context of art and design libraries. His current doctoral studies at Edinburgh Napier are focused on another library sector. Here he is exploring the value and impact of the UK public library service in terms of citizenship development.

Leo said: “I’m thrilled to be the recipient of this award, and it’s a great feeling to know that my research has been recognised by my peers within the information professions.

“I hold a strong passion for library and information science research. My work role at the University of Arts, London and part-time studies at Edinburgh Napier allow this passion to flourish.”

Edinburgh Napier professor Hazel Hall, who is also Leo’s Director of Studies, said: “On the basis of his extensive work and contributions as an active practitioner-researcher, and as a supporter of such endeavours in the LIS profession, it can be seen that Leo is a worthy winner of this award.”

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