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Newcastle Professor wins Academic Distinction award

Professor Paul Watson has received the University’s annual Academic Distinction Award from the Vice Chancellor and President Professor Chris Day.

Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University.

The Academic Distinction Award

The Academic Distinction Award is one of the University’s highest honours for its staff. It recognises Paul’s achievement in building and sustaining an exceptional team of researchers, innovators and teachers. This team share his vision of realising the potential of data and cloud computing in areas that range from literary analysis to manufacturing engineering and medicine.

The National Innovation Centre for Data

Paul’s role has been pivotal in bringing the National Innovation Centre for Data to fruition, providing a focus for businesses from around the world to gain skills and work alongside our scientists and engineers in Newcastle.

Head of the School of Computing Professor John Fitzgerald said: “Paul has helped bring the University into membership of the Alan Turing Institute, giving our staff and students opportunities to work with the best data scientists worldwide.”

Paul said: “I’m delighted to receive this recognition from my own University. I have been extremely fortunate to work with an excellent team of academics, professional support staff, PhD students and researchers, as well as a set of leaders in Computing who have empowered us to 'just get on with it'.

"Initiatives such as the National Innovation Centre for Data are allowing Newcastle University to make a significant contribution to the region, something that is very important to me.”

Paul Watson receiving his award

published on: 3 October 2018