The appointment of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange has been announced at the University of Nottingham.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, currently Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton, will assume the role on Friday January 1 2016.
As a member of the Executive Board, Dame Jessica will provide strategic leadership for research and knowledge exchange as the University plans to deliver its new strategies.
“I am looking forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead in my new role at Nottingham”
On accepting the role, Dame Jessica said: “I am looking forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead in my new role at Nottingham”.
She added: “The University is well known for its impressive research portfolio and I am thrilled that I will be able to work with the Executive Board to lead research through this next stage of development”.
With expertise in cancer nursing at the Royal Marsden hospital, Dame Jessica was the first nurse to be appointed to a Chair at the Institute of Cancer Research in London.
Dame Jessica also holds several key national roles, as co-chair of the NHS England Cancer Patient Experience Advisory Group, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health and Director of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex.
She was awarded a DBE in 2014 for services to Health Care Research and Education and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.
“She brings a combination of research and accomplishments of high international standing in key leadership roles”
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, Professor Sir David Greenaway, said: “I am absolutely delighted Professor Dame Jessica Corner is joining us”.
He added: “She brings a combination of research and accomplishments of high international standing in key leadership roles, and values that align with Nottingham’s culture.
“I very much look forward to working with Jessica to deliver the high ambition we have for Nottingham in research and knowledge exchange”.
Lizzie Jelfs, Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said: “On behalf of the Council I would like to congratulate Jessica on her new role at the University of Nottingham”.
She continued: “The Council has benefited greatly from Jessica’s experience and leadership and we are delighted that she is staying on as Chair as she makes the transition to Nottingham”.
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