Staff update: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation

David PetleyDear colleague

I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed a new pro-vice-chancellor for research and innovation; Professor David Petley will take up the role from 1 November 2016.

Professor Petley will lead our commitment to internationally excellent research and innovation across the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities.

His work will include promoting and supporting our prestigious research institutes and centres, including the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, as well as the development of international research partnerships with other academic institutions and organisations.

He will also be a member of the University Executive Board.

We have an excellent reputation for research and innovation which impacts on the lives of people in communities around the world and Professor Petley’s own research in the area of landslides, in often poor, high-mountain areas around the world, is a clear example of this – and that insight mixes with an excellent track record of senior leadership within UK universities.

Professor Petley began his university life as a geographer and then studied for a PhD in earth sciences at University College London. He then became a lecturer in environmental sciences and engineering geology, joining the University of Durham in 2000 where he became the Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk.

While at Durham he also served as Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, then Dean of Research and Dean of Global Engagement. In 2014 he joined the University of East Anglia as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

My sincere thanks once again to Professor Richard Jones FRS who will step down as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation on 1 September 2016 after seven years in post.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS

Commenting on his appointment, Professor David Petley said: "I am delighted to be joining the University of Sheffield. It is an institution with an extraordinary track record in research and innovation, and a reputation that is second to none for its education and student experience. I am greatly looking forward to playing a key role in the development of the University over the next few years, and to working with colleagues across the institution.

“In addition, I am keenly aware that the University has a powerful reputation for the translation of its research and partnership with large global and smaller local companies, which is central to the strategy of the City Region, its economy and the aspirations of local people. This is clearly key to the emerging priorities of the UK government and I am confident that the University will continue to be a leader in this area."