This year BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT launched the Society Medal, a new award which recognises an outstanding contribution to ‘making IT good for society’.

It is with great pleasure that we have learned that one of outstanding BCSWomen Professor Margaret Ross has been shortlisted as one of the four finalists for this prestigious award by the Society Board and that her nomination will be going forward to a finalist Judging Panel to determine the overall winner of the medal for 2020. 

The finalist Judging Panel comprises:

  • Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FREng CITP CEng FBCS CPsychol  Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford and Chairman of the Open Data Institute; 
  • Rebecca George OBE, President of the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Paul Martynenko, Distinguished Visitor at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL),
  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng MAE FIET, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton

The main criteria for this very special award is recognition that the work and values of the recipient have contributed to enhancing the reputation and contribution of the use of digital technology in society.

The BCS will be announcing the winner of the Society Medal 2020 in the next couple of weeks.

More about the Society Medal finalists

Here’s what Margaret had to say: “I  have just received this email (the one telling her that she was a finalist) so am feeling stunned – I am so pleased to be a finalist for this new Society Medal – especially as just being added to the Computer Weekly Hall of Fame – I am just off to have a cup of tea to celebrate reaching the short list”.

Congratulations to you, Margaret, and we will be watching for the announcement of the winner.