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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.


Professor of Fine Art, Newcastle University

Leading contemporary artists Jane and Louise Wilson have been appointed to Newcastle University's pioneering Fine Art Department.

Twins Jane and Louise have a national and international reputation, forged over the past two decades as artists working with photography and the moving image, installation in an expanded form of cinema, and lens-based media.

Their work, which often looks at abandoned buildings and inaccessible places, has put them at the forefront of the contemporary art scene.  They were nominated for the Turner prize in 1999 for their multi-screen installation, Gamma. 

Louise said: "I feel honoured to begin this new and exciting role with the School of Arts and Cultures in the Fine Art Department at Newcastle University.

"Our joint appointment represents a welcome return to the region for both of us, not only because we were born in Newcastle, but because it was where we were first given the opportunity to study and develop our practice as contemporary artists.

"It was through the creative freedom of an art education that so many more possibilities were opened up, ones which still inspire and inform our practice as artists and lecturers today."

Jane said: "I'm very excited to take up the position of joint Fine Art Professorship at Newcastle University.  It is a wonderful acknowledgement of our significant experience as artist practitioners, who have been recognised in the field of research and critical thinking.

"Whilst encouraging a key awareness of the wider context, we aim to enable a self-motivated and self-reflective experimentation."

Richard Talbot, Head of Fine Art at Newcastle University, said: "These appointments are very exciting and expand the creative possibilities, the ambition and the thinking that the students are exposed to.

"Jane and Louise are adding to the long list of very distinguished artists who have been associated with the Department, either as students or staff."  

 Jane and Louise take up their new posts at Newcastle University in August.