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Advisory Structure

Digital Economy Programme logoWe welcome guidance and advice from a number of different sources: the research community, users and user groups, Government departments and business. We regularly visit with these stakeholders to exchange views and share information.

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme has a Programme Advisory Board (PAB) chaired by Professor Hazel Hall and a Programme Executive Committee which consists of representatives from AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK; see our contacts page.

Programme Advisory Board Membership

  • Chair, Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Alan Brown, University of Surrey
  • Peter Cowling, University of York
  • Richard Harper, Social Shaping Research Ltd
  • Andrew Hudson-Smith,  Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London
  • Sian John, Symantec Corporation
  • Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London
  • Mary Lumkin, BT Technlogy,
  • Mark Plumbley, University of Surrey
  • Alun Preece, University of Cardiff
  • Awais Rashid,  University of Lancaster
  • Clare Reddington, Watershed
  • m.c.schraefel, University of Southampton
  • Nicola Searle, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh
  • Danae Stanton-Fraser, University of Bath
  • Gabriel Straub,
  • Peter Waggett, IBM

Terms of Reference

The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme (previously known as a ‘Programme’) is supporting research and training to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy.

This multidisciplinary Theme is led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the Research Councils UK.

The Programme Advisory Board (PAB) advises the Theme’s Executive Committee (whose membership includes EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and Innovate UK) on the research direction and balance of the Theme. It will meet approximately 3 times per annum and have the following Terms of Reference:

  1. To advise the DE team on research and training strategy across the Theme’s remit, the balance between research and training activities and the cross‐disciplinary balance of the Theme;
  2. To monitor the progress of the Theme, via regular reports from the Executive Committee, and alert the DE team to new and emerging opportunities;
  3. To input to the evaluation of the achievements of the theme;
  4. To advise the team on areas or issues that need further exploration or investigation and advise on the transfer of the outcomes of the research to the user community;
  5. To help the Executive Committee develop input on specific topics as requested by Research Council leadership teams;
  6. To engage with DE projects and be called upon for peer review and evaluation.

PAB members are asked to act as a ‘critical friend’ and advocate of the Digital Economy theme and are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment to attending meetings and actively engage in discussion and debate.

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