Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship honour for Professor David Heald

Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship honour for Professor David Heald

Issued: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:41:00 BST

David HealdProfessor David Heald, Professor of Public Sector Accounting at the Adam Smith Business School, has been enrolled as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in recognition of his academic distinction and commitment to knowledge exchange and impact.

The exceptional Fellows elected in 2016 come from a wide range of disciplines spanning the arts, science and technology, humanities, public service, social science, and business.  They will join those past, and present, who have endeavoured to achieve the RSE’s founding mission of ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the centre of public life in Scotland.’

The RSE, established in 1793 by Royal Charter, is one of the most respected academic societies in the world and is recognised for its variety of disciplines and expertise.  Candidates for Fellowship are nominated for life by existing Fellows through a five-stage nomination process in recognition of having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession. 

On acknowledgement of his Fellowship Professor Heald said:

“I am delighted to have received Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which is Scotland’s national academy for science and letters. I look forward to contributing personally to its vital role in improving the quality of the national discourse on public policy. My own activities on knowledge exchange and impact align well with the Society’s mission.”

Professor Heald, a qualified accountant (ACMA), teaches and researches on mainly public sector topics.  His research interests, many of which have been published extensively in leading journals, focus on public expenditure, public sector accounting reform, public audit, public sector corporate governance, and financing devolved governments.  Professor Heald has broad social science interests, having co-edited two books in the Proceedings of the British Academy series:  Transparency: The Key to Better Governance? (2006) and When the Party’s Over: the Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective (2014).  Additional to this his career has been marked by extensive public policy engagement at Scottish, UK and European levels.  This has included roles as Parliamentary Specialist Advisor and as a witness to Parliamentary Committees and government inquiries, most recently on the proposed Fiscal Framework for the Scottish Parliament.

The Adam Smith Business School would like to congratulate Professor Heald on this distinguished Fellowship.


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