QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 85 - Page 6

QMU invests in new senior academic appointments A NUMBER OF NEW senior academic management appointments were made at QMU in time for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. The move is part of QMU’s continued investment in leadership and development, and is strengthening the institution’s vision to become recognised internationally as a university of ideas and influence. The new appointments will help us continue to grow in our flagship areas of expertise in sustainable business, creativity and culture, and health and rehabilitation. Professor Brigid Daniel has been appointed as Dean of School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management; Professor Philip Drake as Director of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (CCCMS); Professor Monika Foster as Head of Division of Business, Enterprise and Management; and Dr Oliva Sagan as Head of Division of Psychology and Sociology. These four join Dr David Stevenson, who was promoted to Head of Division for Media, Communications and Performing Arts earlier this year. Professor Brigid Daniel Professor Monika Foster Professor Philip Drake Professor Daniel completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently worked at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling. A professor since 2004, she was previously Deputy Head of School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling, and Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection, a research centre that she established. She is a member of the board for the charity Children in Scotland. Her research focused on child neglect and on children’s well-being and resilience in the face of adversity. Professor Foster has worked in higher education in the UK and overseas for over 25 years, including 15 years as Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching at Edinburgh Napier Business School. Her external profile includes the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of Chartered ABS Learning and Teaching Committee and a Visiting Professor at Shandong University of Finance, PRC. Prior to working at Edinburgh Napier University, Monika had industry experience of working in an international shipping company, VShips. She led setting up the business and management of international training centres across the world, including centres in Burma, Thailand, Brazil, Croatia and Poland. Professor Drake was previously Head of the Department of Media and Professor at Edge Hill University. He has also held a number of senior roles including Middlesex University, the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on media and creative industries, and he has collaborated internationally on a range of funded research projects, including recently on digital distribution and video-on-demand (VOD). He serves as an expert member on the Social Sciences and Humanities Panel of the Irish Research Council and his background also includes knowledge exchange activities with Channel 4, Film London, Scottish Enterprise, Creative Scotland, the British Film Institute, FACT and Creative England. Dean of School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management Head of Division of Business, Enterprise and Management Director of the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Professor Petra Wend, QMU Principal, said: “All five individuals are highly experienced experts in their field and bring impressive leadership skills to the University. Their contribution will ensure that we enhance our existing academic offering whilst being ever more dynamic and ambitious in our future activities. In short, they will help us develop our sphere of influence both within the UK and internationally, strengthening our reputation as a university of ideas and influence.” ❒ 6 QMYOU / New Senior App FVG0