The University of Suffolk will welcome Professor Brian McCook as the Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities this autumn.
Professor McCook, a PhD graduate from University of California, Berkeley, is currently the Head of Department for History, Politics and Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Professor McCook is an active researcher and was part of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) History submission by Manchester Metropolitan ranked 16th out of 82 UK universities for the quality of their impact in History research. His current research interests include the thematic study of ethnicity and nationalism, social movements, citizenship, and transnational migration within a comparative, global context.
He said of his appointment, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the University at such a dynamic and exciting time of transformation and growth. The Suffolk ethos of changing people's lives for the better is one I hold dear. As the new Dean, I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build a School that fundamentally serves and helps transform our region for the better. The diverse and vibrant subjects in our new School are ones that fundamentally connect people, place and society, both locally and globally. My main objectives as Dean are to ensure that our students have an exceptional learning experience coupled with great job outcomes, that we are highly regarded as a hub of innovative co-creation with regional partners, and that we, as a School, are actively engaged in and at the heart of our towns and communities across Suffolk.”
Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, of the University of Suffolk, added, “We are very pleased that Professor McCook will be joining the University. Brian will bring with him a wealth of experience in research, enterprise and improving the student experience. I am sure it will help us to develop our University’s new strategic goals.”
Professor McCook will take up his new role on 1 November 2019
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