Appointment of Vice-President for Research

Professor Sue Hartley

We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Professor Sue Hartley to the role of Vice-President for Research. Professor Hartley joins Sheffield from the University of York where she is currently Director of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute, a pioneering interdisciplinary research partnership generating solutions to global environmental challenges. She is also the University of York's Research Champion for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience, driving a range of inter-disciplinary research programmes with colleagues from multiple disciplines and external partners.

Sue is also a trustee of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a board member of Natural England, the UK government’s statutory adviser for the natural environment in England.

Her research interests include understanding the interactions between organisms exploiting plants, how those interactions are mediated by plant defences, particularly silicon, and how a better understanding of those processes can improve both the sustainability of agriculture and agri-environmental policy.

Professor Hartley will join the University of Sheffield on 1 January 2020. As Vice-President for Research, she will lead the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, REF preparations, grant activity and impact. She will work closely with Professor Dave Petley who will provide strategic leadership to the University's innovation, knowledge exchange, Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and regional engagement agendas in his role as Vice-President for Innovation.

Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted to welcome Sue to our leadership team. At York she has played an instrumental role in driving a culture of research excellence and fostering interdisciplinary research in sustainability.

“Our work around research and innovation continues to be of paramount importance and I know that under Sue and Dave’s leadership both areas will go from strength to strength.”