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Dean of Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Steve Wood as Dean of Surrey Business School.  Steve was previously interim Dean of the School and Director of Research.  Before that, he was Head of the Department of Marketing and Retail Management.  Steve has been Professor of Retail Marketing & Management since 2012.  

A former Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Scholar, Steve was Reader in Strategy, University of Southampton (2011-2012), and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at University of Surrey (2005-2011).  

His research focuses on: the internationalization of retailing; the economic geography of retailing; and, retail pricing.

Steve has published in leading social science journals including Economic Geography, Journal of Economic GeographyEnvironment and Planning A, Regional Studies, Journal of Business EthicsThe Service Industries JournalJournal of Marketing Management and European Journal of Marketing amongst others.  His research has been cited by the press in publications such as The EconomistChina Daily and Retail Week

Prior to 2005, Steve spent three years at Tesco plc in its marketing and property departments advising on store development strategy both domestically and abroad, and also worked as a Retail Analyst for Verdict Research, a London-based retail consultancy.  He is a member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geography Society (Committee Member); the Society for Location Analysis (SLA), the European Association for Education & Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD), the National Retail Planning Forum Research Committee as well as a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Professor of Marine Hydrodynamics, Newcastle University

Professor Pengfei Liu has been appointed Professor of Hydrodynamics within the Marine, Offshore and Subsea Technology Group in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University.  His research areas of expertise and interests include applied aero- and hydro-dynamics for rotary wings and oscillating foils for marine propulsion and renewable energy; research and development of innovative technologies for practical engineering problem solving and design; and numerical tool, high performance computing (Parallel and Cloud) and experimental apparatus development on performance evaluation, design and optimization of rotors, propulsors and thrusters. 

Pengfei received his B.Eng. from Wuhan University of Technology and his M. Eng. and Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He worked as a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada from 1999 to 2016 and as an Associate Professor at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania from 2016 to 2019.

Pengfei has worked intensively for over two decades in the development of specialty engineering software, working on experimental hydrodynamics, at the same time as teaching undergraduates and supervising postgraduates. He is a professional engineer of APEG-BC, Canada and a member of a number of international academic committees, including the Board of Directors of Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada (2001-2007) and ISSC Ocean Space Utilization Committee (2018-2021). He has co-authored over 120 refereed journal articles and conference papers in engineering software development for hydrodynamic/aerodynamic applications of rotary and oscillatory wings for propulsion and renewable energy.


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".