Recently, Professor Mick Womersley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (formally the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), abbreviated RSA.
A process involving referees and scrutiny of the candidate’s accomplishments is used to choose Fellows.
The RSA, founded in 1754, today characterizes itself as an enlightenment organization that is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship worldwide, it seeks to understand and enhance human capability to assist humanity in closing the gap between today’s reality and peoples' hopes for a better world. Historical members include Benjamin Franklin and Adam Smith.
As Professor Womersley points out on his blog, in recent years the RSA has adopted a sustainability mission, which he finds particularly attractive. The benefits for Professor Womersley and the College community will include access to ideas through conferences, meetings, networks and publications. There will also be the opportunity for access to competitive funding for projects, including student projects.