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Head of Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is happy to announce the appointment of Dr Catherine McNamara as the new Head of the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), following an extensive search process. 

Dr McNamara is currently serving as Head of School (Art, Design and Performance) within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this, she spent 16 years at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), holding various roles including Course Leader of the MA Applied Theatre (Drama in the Community & Drama Education) and latterly, Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. 

Professor Graham Miller, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: 

“Dr McNamara brings a wealth of experience in the intersection between conservatoire and university that will be invaluable as GSA moves forward to meet the challenges facing the sector, and I am excited by the expertise that she will bring to the University of Surrey.” 

Dr McNamara added: 

“I am very much looking forward to taking up the role of Head of GSA and working with the staff, visiting professionals, the students and alumni there. GSA consistently delivers world-class education and training for the creative industries. I’m looking forward to building on the School's long-standing successes by working collectively to lead the university-conservatoire into the future.” 


Professor and Chair in Business Analytics, University of Surrey

Professor Ali Emrouznejad has been appointed Professor and Chair in Business Analytics at Surrey Business School.  He joins Surrey from Aston University, where he was Head of the Business Analytics Group at Aston Business School. His areas of research interest include performance measurement and management, efficiency and productivity analysis as well as data mining and big data. He holds an MSc in applied mathematics and received his PhD in operational research and systems from Warwick Business School, UK. Having got PhD in the area of ata Envelopment Analysis (DEA), in 1998, he has joined to the development team of Performance Indicators (PI) in Higher Education (HE) at HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). The PI in HE has been widely published and it is now an annual publication of HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency).

He has also collaborated on several research projects (1) “Aassessing cost efficiencies in higher education” funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (2) “Improving efficiency and productivity of hospitals and healthcare systems in several African countries” funded by WHO-Africa (World Health Organization). (3) Project on “Analysis of efficiencies and productivity evolution in manufacturing industries with CO2 emissions” funded by Royal Academy of Engineering (4) “Measuring efficiency of small-scale sugarcane growers in Africa” funded by British Council and several others. (5) “Use of Machin Learning to optimise milk yields and animal feed in the supply chain through to the cheese manufacturing processes” funded by Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

Prof Emrouznejad is editor of Annals of Operations Research, guest editor or associate editor to number of other journals including: European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, OR Spectrum, RAIOR-Operations Research, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, IMA journal of Management Mathematics, Journal of Medical Systems, International Journal of Energy Management Sector, and Data Envelopment Analysis journal. He is also member of editorial boards of several other scientific journals including EURO Journal on Decision Processes, International Journal of Society Systems Science, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, and Central European Review of Economics and Management.

He has published over 200 articles in top ranked journals, he also is author/editor of several books.


Professor of Finance and Accounting, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic as Professor of Finance and Accounting.  Sitting within Surrey Business School (SBS), the appointment is part of a programme of investment in research and teaching excellence in the finance and accounting field that capitalises on Surrey’s research strengths in business and management studies. 

Applicants from all areas of finance and accounting are welcomed, particularly those with research interests in emerging areas of the discipline, including FinTech, artificial intelligence in financial services, open banking, peer-to-peer lending, platform funding, sustainable finance and accounting, and climate finance.  Research within the School is highly interdisciplinary and includes the Centre of Digital Economy and the newly created Centre of FinTech.  Across the University, there are opportunities for collaboration with colleagues in the fields of economics, data science, artificial intelligence, and sustainability.

Ranked 8th in the UK for business and economics, SBS is the University's largest School with over 100 academic staff members from around the globe and a highly cohesive and collegial atmosphere.  The School is dedicated to inspiring positive change in business and society, individuals and organisations, locally and globally, by blending the rigour of high-quality, impactful research with excellent teaching and the strengths of a technology-led university.

The appointee will lead a substantial programme of research, attracting significant research funds and providing academic leadership across the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching portfolio. Developing partnerships with local and international businesses and continuing to expand research collaborations across the School and University will be important aspects of the role.

Excellent academic credentials, internationally recognised research outputs with a strong pipeline, and the ability to attract substantial external research funding are key requirements of the role, alongside a commitment to excellence in the student experience and an understanding of how technology is changing the face of finance and accounting. 

With an outstanding campus, excellent transport links, and a vibrant regional economy, Surrey offers rich opportunities for partnership and innovation with financial institutions in London and the South-East of England, alongside a high quality of life.