Research Data Scotland (“RDS”), which manages access and linkage to Scottish data about people, places and businesses for research, has announced the appointment of Professor Paul Boyle as Chair of its Board of Trustees.
Prof Boyle is currently Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University and was previously chief executive of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research. His appointment marks the beginning of a recruitment drive by RDS as it seeks to bring into its Board of Trustees experts in commissioning data services, funding, ethics and charities.
Prof Boyle said: “The pandemic has shown us the benefits of doing data right, doing data together, and doing data better. Faster analysis and evidence gathering to support decision-making means better outcomes can be delivered more quickly. Now, more than ever, it is vital we maintain this momentum to deliver a fair and sustainable recovery for the people of Scotland.
“RDS brings together expertise, resource and capabilities from a range of existing data-led programmes across the public sector with a commitment to always handle data legally, using the relevant legislation to ensure that citizen privacy is always maintained and that research is carried out transparently.”
Prof Boyle will bring a wealth of experience to the RDS Board of Trustees. As well as his role at Swansea University he is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences; Chair of Universities Wales’ Research & Innovation Network; a Board Member of Universities UK; and Chair of Jisc, a not-for-profit organisation providing digital services and solutions to the UK’s higher and further education sector.
RDS Chief Executive Officer Roger Halliday said: “RDS will benefit greatly from Paul Boyle’s wise counsel, experience and insight in data management and research and we are delighted to welcome him to the organisation.
“The RDS researcher support service has been developed through our website to provide guidance on access to data, information governance and a rich analytical environment to improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.”
RDS is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s leading academic institutions and public bodies which aim to facilitate insight from data to support the public good. Partners include Public Health Scotland, the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research, the National Records of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh’s EPCC, Administrative Data Research UK and Scotland’s Regional Safe Havens.
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