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Two Leeds University Business School Professors awarded prestigious Academician status

Professors Gerard P Hodgkinson and Richard Thorpe have been awarded Academician status of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

They join the ranks of some 500 eminent social scientists formally recognised for their outstanding contribution to their fields in the UK.

Director of the Centre for Organisational Strategy, Learning and Change (COSLAC) at Leeds University Business School, Professor Hodgkinson's expertise encompasses human cognition in the workplace, especially thinking, reasoning, and  the ways in which individuals and groups represent knowledge. A Chartered occupational psychologist, .He is also an expert in the psychology of strategic management and strategic decision making and holds a senior fellowship under the ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research initiative.

Deputy Director of the Keyworth Institute, Professor Thorpe is a leading researcher in performance, remuneration, entrepreneurship, management learning and development, and leadership. He has established several ESRC Research Development Initiatives for improving doctoral research training in the UK and encouraged collaborative activities between the British Academy of Management and other learned societies.

The Academy of Social Sciences, formed in 1999, encompasses 34 Learned Societies. Its remit is to promote the excellence in and encourage the advancement of social sciences in the UK to government as well as public and private sector organisations and agencies. Academician status is conferred to nominated scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors after a rigorous process focusing on evidence of outstanding achievement in their field of the social sciences and commitment to the aims of the Academy. 

Chair of the Academy, Professor Miriam David, said:
"Social sciences play an important part in society in general and in the development and implementation of policy, and therefore have the power to influence people's lives for the better."

"Looking at the issues society faces, the agenda for Science and Society will become increasingly important and, as the voice of the social sciences, the AcSS will ensure that the very best social scientists are involved in developing and evaluating policy."

The Dean of Leeds University Business School, Professor Andrew Lock, said:
"I am delighted that Professors Hodgkinson and Thorpe have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences.  It is significant recognition, not only of their own achievements and contributions, but also a reflection of the standing of the Business School in Management and the Social Sciences."

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Notes to editors

The Centre for Organisational Strategy, Learning and Change (COSLAC) was formed in 2006. Its specialised research activities endeavour to understand the processes and outcomes of strategy, learning and change within organisations.  Collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines within and beyond the University of Leeds, including architects, physical and social scientists, computer engineers, economists and psychologists, COSLAC's expertise enables it to offer a uniquely wide-ranging research and consultancy service to commercial clients and partners. These include Rolls-Royce, Network Rail, John Lewis and Jaguar.

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