New appointments for Professors Fitzmaurice and Maltby

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice

Professor Lorraine Maltby

Congratulations to Professor Susan Fitzmaurice and Professor Lorraine Maltby on their appointments to senior University roles.

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice has taken on the role of interim Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, taking over from Professor Jackie Labbe who left the University on 9 June. Susan now takes the lead in directing the faculty, which has over 350 staff and 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Susan is Chair of English Language in the School of English and was previously Head of the School. An internationally regarded scholar of English Historical Linguistics, she leads the collaborative research Linguistic DNA project funded by the AHRC.

Taking on this role...is an excellent opportunity to lead the positive creative contributions of Arts and Humanities to the work of sustaining and supporting the resilience of our University research and learning community.

professor susan fitzmaurice

Susan said: “I am pleased and honoured to be appointed as interim VP and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Taking on this role at a time of change and challenge is an excellent opportunity to lead the positive creative contributions of Arts and Humanities to the work of sustaining and supporting the resilience of our University research and learning community.”

We have also appointed Professor Lorraine Maltby as the new Deputy Vice-President for Research and Innovation (Postgraduate Research). Lorraine took up the post on 1 June 2017 and reports to Professor David Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation.

She said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role, which highlights the University’s commitment to postgraduate research students. The reputation, research impact and vitality of our university depends on us attracting high quality students who want to work with us on pioneering research projects of global importance.

“Postgraduate research students are the future of research and my vision is for the University to be the destination of choice for the next generation of world-leading researchers. I therefore relish the opportunity to work with colleagues across the University to ensure that we attract the best students and provide them with a stimulating and challenging research experience that enhances their future success.”

...my vision is for the University to be the destination of choice for the next generation of world-leading researchers.

PROFESSOR lorraine maltby

Lorraine will lead on the development and delivery of the University's strategy for postgraduate research students. She will work closely with faculties to understand their priorities and strengths, and facilitate cross-faculty developments where appropriate.

Former Head of Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Lorraine is highly regarded for the leadership she has shown throughout her career. Professor of Environmental Biology, Lorraine’s research into freshwater ecosystems informs crucial environmental policy.

“I am delighted to welcome Susan and Lorraine to the leadership team and I am sure you will all join me in wishing them both well in their new roles,” said Professor Shearer West, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Other appointment news

Director of CiCS

Geoff Kendall Smith will continue as Interim Director of CiCS until January 2018. Geoff has been with the University since January. Recruitment of a permanent director should begin in late summer/early autumn.

Director of Global Engagement

Malcolm Butler, previously Faculty Director of Operations in Engineering, has taken on the role of Director of Global Engagement on an interim basis following Jo Purves’ departure.