MBE for BCS's Tom Crick

19 June 2017

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is delighted that Professor Tom Crick CEng CSci FBCS, its Vice-President (Promotion of Computing), and Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University, has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours. Tom has received the honour for "services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education."

Professor James Davenport, chair of the Academy Board of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “Tom’s citation explains a great deal of why he has received this honour. He has done important work in several areas of computer science, focusing recently on the interaction between computer science, policy, and ‘the real world’.

His work on reproducibility of computational research is important, as is his mining of useful information from big social data. But it is his work on the policy aspects of education, particularly school education, that is most visible. To know what is happening about computing in Wales, and how can we help the Welsh challenges in this area, people know that Tom will provide the definitive, inciteful and helpful answers.”

About Tom Crick
Tom is Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy and Deputy Director of Enterprise at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is the Nesta Data Science Fellow, a 2014 Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, an HEA National Teaching Fellow and previous a Science Media Fellow with BBC Wales. His interests sit at the research / public policy interface, identifying data-driven and computationally-intensive problems across a range of domains, as well as across science policy, STEM education and skills / infrastructure for the digital economy. In 2013, he chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and recently chaired the development of a new Digital Competence Framework for all schools in Wales. Alongside his BCS work, he is also a Trustee of the British Science Association and the Campaign for Science & Engineering, the leading independent advocate for science and engineering in the UK.

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