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Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol

Professor Karla Pollmann will become the Dean of the Faculty of Arts from September 2018.

Professor Pollmann is currently Professor of Classics and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Reading.  Prior to that she was at the University of Kent, where she held several leadership roles, including Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Deputy Head of the School of European Culture and Languages, and Head of the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies. She has also held academic appointments at Bielefeld University, the University of Konstanz, and the University of St Andrews. 

She is a leading authority on the work of Augustine and a world-leader in the study of his influence across the ages. She has written widely on interdisciplinary projects combining Classics, Theology, Philosophy, Cultural History, Literature and Reception Studies. 

She has led a number of significant interdisciplinary projects, including a Leverhulme Trust funded project involving 400 international collaborators, which resulted in the three-volume Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine (OUP 2013), and an EU-funded Marie Curie project (total four million Euro) on the History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilisation. In recognition of her contribution to scholarship she has received honorary appointments at the Universities of Aarhus, Denmark, and of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has also been elected as a Member of the Academia Europaea.    

Professor Pollmann has held a number of learning and teaching roles, including being learning and Teaching Representative of the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent, and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of St Andrews. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Commenting on her appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Pollmann said: “I am delighted to be joining the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol. The Faculty is at an exciting phase in its development, having benefitted from significant investment in new academic staff posts and with work on a new £13 million Humanities Building, due for occupancy in September 2019, about to start.

“The Faculty benefits from the breadth and depth of its disciplines and, in line with the #ArtsMatter campaign for the Faculty, Arts and Humanities disciplines make a significant contribution to the identity, well-being and prosperity of our Western Society. 

“I look forward to advancing our reputation and connections across the Faculty, University, city, and beyond.  I am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and will encourage the Faculty to build on its recent progress to be an exemplar of best practice in this area.” 


Chairs in Accounting, The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce the appointment of two Chairs in Accounting at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Professor David Cooper joined the Business School as a Chair on 2 October and will be working on a part-time basis while continuing to serve as Professor in Accounting at the University of Alberta.  David's research is primarily in critical management studies, management accounting and control, and the regulation of accounting and accountants.  It is interdisciplinary, critically-oriented, and problem-centred, drawing on sociology, organisational and managerial rationality, and performance measurement management.

Professor Christine Cooper will join the Business School as Chair in Accounting on 1 February, 2018.  She is currently Professor of Accounting at the University of Strathclyde. Christine is co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Her research is broadly concerned with the impact of accounting in our everyday lives.  This has produced publications in diverse social arenas, including social and environmental accounting, gender, privatization, de-skilling of accountants and book-keepers, insolvency and accountability.


Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol

Professor Paul Cousins has been appointed Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol.  He will be taking up post in early November.

Paul joins Bristol from the University of Manchester, where he is Professor of Operations Management at Manchester Business School.  He began his career in industry working for Westland Helicopters, before reading for a degree at Sheffield in Informatics (Applied Statistics, Operations Research and Sytems Design).  He then spent a secondment at Sikorsky Aircraft in the USA, working as a Contracts Negotiator.  After the secondment, he went back to university and read for his MBA (Bath) and subsequently PhD (Bath).  After working in academia for a few years, he moved into management consulting and worked for A T Kearney in the European Procurement Practice Group.  During this time, Paul worked for a wide variety of firms and sectors helping to implement best purchasing practice and designing new methodologies.  Subsequently, Paul returned to academia to pursue a research career. He moved back to the University of Bath, and from there to a Senior Lectureship at the University of Melbourne and then a Professorship at Queen's University Belfast.  In 2005, he moved to Manchester Business School as Professor of Operations Management and has since held the positions of Deputy Director of the School and Director of Research and Engagement.

Paul has held EPSRC Research grants totalling £1million and also several industry-infunded grants worth approximately £500k.  Paul has published widely, being the author of four books and over forty published journal papers and a further thirty or so conference papers.