Professor Stephen May recognised by the Royal Society

27 October 2016

Professor Stephen May
Professor Stephen May

Stephen May, Professor at Te Puna Wānanga / School of Māori and Indigenous Education, has been named as one of the newest Fellows elected by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Professor May is one of 10 scholars from the University of Auckland to be honoured with a Fellowship announced today.

The Royal Society Fellowships recognise top researchers and scholars in New Zealand. Professor May was acknowledged as a “world authority on language rights and an international expert in the related fields of indigenous language and bilingual/immersion education and multilingualism”.

“It’s a great privilege and honour to be selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society,” said Stephen, who acknowledges that is has been close to a decade since an educationalist was awarded a Fellowship. He is pleased to have shared the honour of being the first in a decade with University of Waikato colleague Linda Tuhiwai Smith.

“The Royal Society has highlighted the importance of broadening the base of its Fellows to include more women, Māori and those of other ethnicities. This recognition is also important for education as a discipline as it acknowledges the critical contribution that we, as teachers, educators and researchers, make in New Zealand and internationally.”

Read more about Professor Stephen May here