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New Faculty leadership team unveiled

Published: 
3 September 2010
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The University of Southampton has introduced a new academic structure consisting of eight new Faculties.

Seven outstanding individuals have been appointed to lead these new Faculties, which were launched on 1 August, with one further appointment to be confirmed.

Each of these new Deans will be responsible for delivering the research, teaching and enterprise activities across their faculty, as well as national and international engagement. They will also help lead the strategic development of the University as a whole.

The eight faculties and new Deans are:

Engineering and the Environment
Professor William Powrie, from the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment in Southampton.

Natural and Environmental Sciences
Professor Stephen Hawkins, currently Head of College of Natural Sciences and Acting PVC (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Bangor.

Physical and Applied Sciences
Professor Dame Wendy Hall, from the School of Electronics and Computer Sciences in Southampton.

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
Professor Judith Petts, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Birmingham.

Humanities
Professor Anne Curry, the current Head of the School of Humanities in Southampton.

Medicine
Professor Iain Cameron, the current Head of the School of Medicine in Southampton.

Health Sciences
Professor Jessica Corner, the current Head of the School of Health Sciences in Southampton.

Business, Law and Art
A Dean for this Faculty has yet to be appointed.

Anne is the current Head of the School of Humanities in Southampton.
Professor Anne Curry

Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, comments: “I believe that we have appointed an outstanding new leadership team to take forward our ambitious new strategy, which seeks to build on the world-leading research and top-rated education that we already have in Southampton.

“However, at a time when public funding for teaching and research is being cut that means an even greater focus on research quality. It also means transforming the structure, quality and flexibility of our educational programmes, so that by 2012 we are offering students a much greater choice of learning options.”

Notes for editors

  • Details of the eight new Faculties:

    Engineering and the Environment
    The Faculty will span a range of engineering disciplines, which are currently being carried out in three Schools (the School of Engineering Sciences, Civil Engineering and the Environment, and the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research). With seven University Technology Centres, world-class experimental facilities and world-leading researchers, this new Faculty is at the cutting edge of engineering research in the UK.

    Natural and Environmental Sciences
    Encompassing research and teaching across chemistry, biological sciences, earth sciences and ocean sciences, the Faculty makes use of world-class facilities, including the new Life Sciences building which is being opened this year, and the extensive waterfront facilities, where it works in partnership with NERC to host the National Oceanography Centre. The Faculty also hosts the EPSRC National Crystallography Service.

    Physical and Applied Sciences
    The Faculty includes physics, astronomy, electronics, optoelectronics and computer sciences. It will draw on state-of-the-art facilities in Southampton, including the just-completed clean rooms in the new Mountbatten Building, which are considered the best in Europe, and build on the University’s world-leading research, particularly in web science and optical fibre technology.

    Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
    The Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences will span a wide range of disciplines including education, social sciences, mathematics, statistics, geography and psychology. With a focus on interdisciplinary research, the Faculty hosts three major ESRC funded Research Centres, and a host of other specialist research centres.

    Humanities
    The Faculty of Humanities supports archaeology, English, film, history, modern languages, music and philosophy. It contains a number of specialist centres, including the Parkes Institute for study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations, the Centre for Applied Languages Research and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture. This year, following a successful fundraising campaign, the University has secured the Broadlands Archive, including the collection Lord Mountbatten’s personal papers.

    Medicine
    The Faculty of Medicine, based at Southampton General Hospital, will work in close collaboration with the NHS, in both the training of doctors and in ground-breaking research. It will build on the University’s current strengths, including respiratory medicine, cancer sciences, translational immunology, and stem cells and regenerative medicine.

    Health Sciences
    The Faculty of Health Sciences will bring together research and teaching in cancer, palliative and end-of-life care, active living and rehabilitation, and the organisation and delivery of care. The Faculty has a number of teaching outposts across the South Hampshire region, and is a major contributor to continuous professional development in key disciplines.

    Business, Law and Art
    The Faculty of Business, Law and Art will span a unique range of disciplines, combining together the Schools of Law and Management with the Winchester School of Art, which has extensive links with the creative industries and offers programmes in design within a business-orientated environment.

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