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University and Futures Institute colleagues join UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport advisory group

University and Futures Institute colleagues join UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport advisory group

University and Futures Institute colleagues join UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport advisory group

Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Director and Deputy Director of Research are two of four University of Edinburgh academics recently appointed to the new College of Experts for The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Professor Melissa Terras (Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage and Director of Research at the Edinburgh Futures Institute), and Dr Ewa Luger (Chancellor’s Fellow of Digital Arts and Humanities at Edinburgh College of Art and Deputy Director, Research EFI) – are joined by colleagues from across the University, including Professor Mark Parsons (Director of the EPCC supercomputing centre), and Dr Orion Brook – of the School of Social and Political Science.

The DCMS College of Experts is made up of 49 experts from across academia and industry. They will support the DCMS’ areas of research interest, taking part in working groups and providing advice and support to government policy and analytical teams.

This will strengthen and increase the department’s access to scientific networks, support the development of evidence bases for key research areas, and provide support to policy and analytical government teams. The University of Edinburgh experts will provide expertise in data and digital fields, contributing with advice in areas such as big data, data analytics and digitisation.

Professor Terras said: “The range of expertise needed by DCMS is vast, and it’s great to see such representation from the Edinburgh Futures Institute community on the newly formed College of Experts. With digital central to many aspects of culture, media and sport, the community here at Edinburgh will contribute to the development of policy, and UK Government approaches, to supporting our cultural, artistic and sporting communities.

“Engaging fully in this group will link us to ongoing discussions regarding innovation throughout the UK, showing Edinburgh’s importance in national debate, R&D, and planning.”

The College of Experts is managed by the DCMS Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) team.

More details about the College of Experts are on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/dcms-college-of-experts

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