New university boss aims to increase research and enterprise projects

Dr Paul Smith, associate dean at the University of Sunderland.
Dr Paul Smith, associate dean at the University of Sunderland.
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A NEW university chief is hoping to increase research in his department.

Dr Paul Smith has been appointed associate dean of research and resources at the University of Sunderland’s faculty of business and law.

Dr Smith has moved from Teesside University Business School where he was head of the leadership, human resource management and organisational behaviour group.

He sees his new role as raising the profile of the faculty nationally and internationally for research, and he plans to concentrate in particular on developing the research culture, with a vision to increase the percentage of staff actively involved in research within the faculty.

Dr Smith believes programmes such as the faculty’s professional doctorate could be rolled out to the university’s London campus, which has welcomed three cohorts of students since it opened in April 2012 at Canary Wharf.

Professor Bernie Callaghan, dean of the faculty of business and law, said: “Paul’s extensive experience working with corporate clients, together with his academic background, is of great value to the faculty in developing new opportunities for research and enterprise projects.”

Dr Smith, who moved to the North East from Norfolk 25 years ago, said: “I’m very pleased to be joining a faculty with real momentum. Among its many strengths it has a strong international and national reputation, excellent feedback from students and an outward-facing approach which has created well-established links with businesses.

“My focus will be on building its expertise and reputation for research. I want to develop a strong research centre and put a research strategy in place, so that the faculty can drive forward its success and help achieve its potential.”

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