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Leading academics to become Professors

17 Jul 2017 10:30AM

Two critically acclaimed senior academics at the University of Suffolk have received Professorial appointments.

Dr Emma Bond will become Professor of Socio-Technical Research and Dr Atul Shah will become Professor of Accounting and Finance.

Professor Bond’s work has been recognised internationally and she is often credited for highlighting challenging issues such as sexual abuse online, domestic violence, eating disorders and cyberbullying.

Professor Bond said “I am absolutely delighted to being one of the newest Professors at the UK's newest university. I am really proud of the University of Suffolk and of the fantastic achievements the University has accomplished in its first year. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities I have been given to do research which really makes a difference to people's lives.”

Professor Shah leads the Accounting & Financial Management degree at the Suffolk Business School. He has recently released his book Jainism and Ethical Finance, which was covered in broadsheet media. He said “Global financial frauds and crises are increasing inequality and unemployment. Our pioneering research at Suffolk Business School is exposing these abuses and also developing constructive solutions about what and how policies can change to build a harmonious and equitable society. We have also just completed a radical blueprint for reforming accounting and finance education which is being published by Routledge.”

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University, said “The appointments of Professors Emma Bond and Atul Shah will undoubtedly help us develop our ambitious research agenda, preparing for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2021. I am confident that the developing research of our two new Professors will have a local, national and international impact in key challenging social areas.”

The University has also promoted several academics to Associate Professor level.  The title is in recognition of their developing academic leadership and will take effect from 1 August 2017.

Two members of the Faculty of Health, Science and Technology will receive the title; Rachel Heathershaw in Health Sciences and Fandi Ibrahim in Science and Technology.

Four members of the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science will receive the Associate Professor title; Daba Chowdhury and Will Thomas in the Suffolk Business School, Mark Edwards in Arts and Humanities and Clare Gartland in Children, Young People and Education.

Professor Dastbaz added “I would like to congratulate these six members of our academic team and wish them every continued success. We outlined in our 2020 Vision that we wanted a route for recognising the achievements and calibre of some of our most senior members of staff. The Associate Professor level is one way of doing this. These individuals have demonstrated leadership in a field of academic endeavour and we fully support their academic, professional and research interests and quest to achieve full professorial roles.”


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