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ACM president Vickie L. Hanson.

Computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Credit: Newcastle University

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

The current president of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM), the main organization representing the computer profession worldwide, Hanson has been instrumental in the drive for more accessible and inclusive digital technology.

Serving on advisory boards in both the U.S. and the U.K., Hanson has spent more than 30 years leading the drive to design new technologies to address the challenges of inclusion for older adults and people with disabilities.

Working with IBM, the research led to a number of new products and, more importantly, a recognition within the technology industry that information technology should be accessible to all.

Hanson has a long-standing link with Newcastle University's School of Computing through her work with the £12m Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy Hub (SiDE) project.

Her honorary degree marks a significant time for computing at Newcastle with the launch of the newly-named School of Computing to coincide with its move into the Urban Sciences Building on Science Central.

Receiving her Honorary Doctor of Science this week, Hanson said she was proud to be receiving the degree at such an important time for computing at Newcastle.

"I am so honored to be receiving this degree," she said. "It is especially wonderful coming from Newcastle University where I've had long-standing collaborations with the Digital Institute and Computer Science.

"I am delighted to be able to share this honor with friends and colleagues at such an important time for the School."


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