09 Apr 2010

OU academic honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Richard Collins, Professor of Media Studies

Richard Collins, Professor of Media Studies

The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) has conferred the award of Academician on Richard Collins, Professor of Media Studies, at The Open University.

Richard is among 57 academics to have received the award. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors who are appointed by the Academy.

Richard said: “I’m flattered by this award and am honoured to join a number of colleagues at the OU and elsewhere whose work has been similarly recognised”.

Richard's research interests are media ethics; media policy and regulation; new communication technologies; the internet; national identity and the media (especially Canada and the European Union). He has been specialist adviser to House of Lords’ Select Committees on three occasions, most recently to the Communications Committee’s enquiry earlier this year on the digital switchover of radio and television.

The title of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences testifies to the scholarly distinction of the recipient. The Academy responds to Government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organises meetings about social science and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of schemes that promote social science and enhance its value to society.

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