Explore our projects

Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art has appointed an experienced and respected artist and writer as its new Principal.

Professor Juan Cruz arrives from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, where he is Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. 

He will take up his new role in Edinburgh in September 2019. 

Professor Cruz said:

"ECA has a privileged status as a college of art set within one of the world’s leading universities. As such, it is uniquely positioned to address many of the intellectual, social, technical, creative, political and cultural challenges faced by its staff, students and external collaborators, within and beyond the University and academia. I am both honoured and excited to have the opportunity to lead ECA at this moment. It is wonderfully placed to fulfil its amazing potential". 

Before joining RCA in 2014, Professor Cruz held positions at Liverpool School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College. He has taught at other institutions around the world and was Artist’s Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. 

Professor Cruz’s an artist who employs a broad range of approaches to his work, including video, performance, text and site-specific works. 

He is a member of the Tate Liverpool Council, a trustee of the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and a Director of the International Awards for Art Criticism. 

He is also Deputy Chair of the REF2021 Panel 32: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory and recently received an AHRC grant to develop better links and opportunities between the commercial art worlds of China and the UK.

Professor Cruz is credited with overseeing significant growth in the School of Arts & Humanities at the RCA. He also introduced new and diverse practices and approaches to teaching, and helped to establish strong interdisciplinary research foundations in the curriculum and across the research culture. 

Professor Cruz succeeds Stuart Bennett, who has been Acting Principal since 2017, following an international recruitment process. 

Edinburgh College of Art has more than 3000 students across architecture, art, design, history of art and music. 

Professor Dorothy Miell, Head of the University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said:

"We are delighted to welcome Professor Cruz to ECA. His vision for the future of the College is exciting – especially in how the arts can work with, and enhance, other disciplines in unexpected and inspiring ways. We are excited to see how he will build on his expertise in working with external organisations both in the city and around the world".


Chair in Strategic Management, University of Liverpool

Dr Roberto Ragozzino has been appointed Chair Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool. He joins the University from the University of Tennessee, where he was the Haslam Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Roberto holds a PhD in Business Policy and Strategy from the Max M Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. 

Roberto's research is in the area of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances with an emphasis on how these events apply to entrepreneurial ventures. 

He has published in leading internationa journals in the field, including Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal

Roberto is a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal, and Global Strategy Journal.

He has extensive experience teaching Strategy and International Management at the undergraduate and graduate levels and he also routinely teaches on executive programmes in the United States and Mexico as well as across Europe.


Lloyd's Register Professor of Offshore Engineering, Newcastle University

Dr Zhiqiang Hu has been appointed Lloyd's Register Professor of Offshore Engineering at Newcastle University.

Zhiqiang received his bachelor degree (Ship Engineering), master's degree (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineeering), and doctoral degree (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) at Shanghai, Jiao Tong University.  He joined Newcastle University in 2016.  Before that, he had worked in the School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering in Shanghai, Jiao Tong University for fifteen years.  His teaching and research interests in naval architecture and ocean engineering relate to hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and basin model test conducting technology.