Griffith Film School lecturer Dr Tim Marsh has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, joining luminaries like Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Hawking and World Wide Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee.

The RSA was founded in 1754, and Fellowships are awarded to accomplished individuals who have made a contribution to society in a cultural or arts-related sphere.

Fellows include scientists, philosophers and environmentalists; leaders in the commercial, voluntary and public sectors; designers and architects; social entrepreneurs and innovative practitioners of literature, film, dance, and the visual arts.

Dr Marsh said he was honoured to have been appointed to the prestigious international fellowship.

“It is a real honour and a privilege to be given an RSA Fellowship,” he said.

“The RSA is committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to the challenges facing society today — something I have pursued throughout my career.

“I look forward to working with the RSA community on a range of issues where my experience and skills may be helpful.”

Dr Marsh joins a global network of 28,000 people in more than 80 countries who support the RSA’s mission to ‘enrich society through ideas and action’.

His research has focused on serious games, virtual reality and “art with purpose”, designed to help tackle social challenges and improve society.

At Griffith University, Dr Marsh has led teams that developed a digital game and VR immersive experience to improve awareness about the harmful human activities and climate change that are destroying the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Marsh has also led an on-going VR and digital experiences research project to promote the stories of the Yugambeh people, their language and region, which extends fromthe Gold Coast toTamborine Mountain, South Stradbroke Island to northern NSW.

Recently he curated”Art with Purpose”, an exhibitionfeatured in the Joint Conference for Serious Games in 2016, which Dr Marsh organised and co-chaired.