Turing CEO Sir Alan Wilson to receive an honorary degree from the School of Advanced Study

We are delighted to share the news that Turing CEO Sir Alan Wilson will receive an honorary degree from the School of Advanced Study, University of London in recognition of his contribution to the humanities.

Sir Alan will collect his Doctor of Literature honoris causa at the School’s annual degree ceremony on 8 December 2017.

In a press release published today, the School of Advanced Study said: ‘the honour recognises Sir Alan’s outstanding contributions to higher education in a career spanning more than 50 years, during which he built up a reputation for solving complicated problems.’

Professor Roger Kain, CBE, FBA, dean and chief executive of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), describes Sir Alan as a true polymath who has contributed significantly to the humanities and higher education.

‘In his six years as chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Sir Alan was instrumental in building the confidence of the arts and humanities academic communities in the strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the Council. This honour recognises his past and continuing achievements across many disciplines, which resonate absolutely with the School’s mission and ethos.’

Commenting on his honorary doctorate Sir Alan said:

‘I am both delighted and humbled by this award and I thank the university. It reflects work I have done with a range of institutions and of course the contributions my colleagues have made in these places are implicitly recognised and I am grateful to them. I am particularly touched to have my contributions to the humanities recognised by this degree.’


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Professor Sir Alan Wilson is an elected fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society, and was knighted for services to higher education in 2001. A mathematician and quantitative geographer who has published extensively including some pioneering papers modelling market potential of city sites and transport and related systems, he has also contributed significantly to the humanities and higher education. Sir Alan was chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2007–13). He was vice-chancellor of University of Leeds from 1991-2004 and director general of Higher Education at the DfES, 2004-6. He is currently professor of urban and regional systems at UCL and was appointed chief executive of the Alan Turing Institute in 2016. Sir Alan chairs the Home Office Science Advisory Council. Read Sir Alan Wilson’s full biography.

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