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Professor of Operations Management, University of Liverpool

Professor Tolga Bektas has been appointed Professor of Operations Management at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS).

Tolga received a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2005 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CIRRELT at the University of Montreal in Quebec. Prior to joining ULMS, he was Professor of Logistics Management and Head of Department of Decision Analytics & Risk at the Southampton Business School, where he worked for 11 years. His research interests are in the application of mathematical modelling and optimisation techniques to problems arising in freight transportation and distribution planning, and in supply chain networks, with a particular focus on improving the environmental performance of such systems. He has been investigator in a number of externally funded projects on railway timetable optimisation, maintenance planning in sea vessels and last-mile distribution in cities.

Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has appointed a new Dean of the Faculty of Science.

Professor Jens Marklof, currently Head of the University’s School of Mathematics, will step up to the new role on August 1.

Specialising in mathematical physics, Professor Marklof’s main research interests include dynamical systems theory, quantum chaos, and equidistribution problems in number theory.

After his undergraduate degree from Hamburg and PhD from Ulm, Germany, he held postdoctoral positions at Hewlett-Packard, the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge, the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and LPTMS Orsay.

He moved to Bristol permanently in 1999.

Professor Marklof delivered a plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics in Prague 2009, and was an invited section speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics 2014 in Seoul.

Major awards include an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, the LMS Whitehead Prize, a Leverhulme Prize and an ERC Advanced Grant. In 2015 Marklof was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Professor Marklof said: “Bristol's Faculty of Science is home to an exceptional number of world-leading research centres, and one of the top destinations for students from the UK and across the globe.

“It's a real privilege to be part of such a successful team. I am looking forward to working with our students and staff to create an exciting, supportive environment for learning and discovery.”

Professor Tim Gallagher, outgoing Dean of Science, said: “I am very excited about Jens’ appointment. He will bring integrity, talent and experience into the role.”

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, added: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jens Marklof FRS as our new Dean of Science and look forward to working closely with him over the years ahead.”

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.”