Business School professor elected to influential body

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A Business School academic has been elected an 'at large' councillor for the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Professor Pooran Wynarczyk, from Newcastle University Business School, has been chosen to help raise awareness of the organisation and build on its commitment to civil society and social inclusion.

Professor Wynarczyk and six other councillors will form part of the newly constituted Fellowship Council within the RSA and will support and promote its work while acting as representatives and ambassadors.

Professor Wynarczyk, Director of the Small Enterprise Research Unit (SERU), said: “I am honoured that my knowledge and skills have been recognised by the RSA and its Fellows.   This is a unique opportunity for me to make a positive and practical contribution to our society and forge a closer and sustainable working relationship between the University and the RSA.

“I hope that my research and activities that revolve around key themes including entrepreneurship, public policy, science, innovation and technology, will provide some impetus for change and critical new thinking within the wider RSA's remits.   

 “I will strive to make positive contributions to the Fellowship Council’s overall aim of ensuring an effective and sustainable working relationship between the RSA, its Fellows and wider communities.  I will also assist it to identify innovative ways to promote greater diversity and inclusion through the removal of stereotype that exists in our society.”

Professor Mark Shucksmith, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal said: "I would like to congratulate Pooran on her election as an RSA councillor. The RSA's aims – to find practical solutions to today's challenges - are closely linked to the Institute's, where we ask the big questions about the issues facing society today."

published on: 25th July 2012