Professor Hazel Hall among royalty as she is elected to The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Date posted

17 February 2017


Last updated

19 March 2020

An award-winning academic has been elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). 

Hazel Hall, Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier, is one of 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 and academia 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.

It is the latest recognition for Professor Hall after she was awarded 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. 

Professor Hall said: “It is a great honour to have been elected a Fellow of the RSE. 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 been elected as an RSE Royal Honorary Fellow. 

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, said: “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. 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 Royal Society of Edinburgh 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.