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Professor Julie Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities and Social Sciences announces the appointment of a new Director for our Business School.

Recruiting colleagues to join us in our efforts to deliver teaching and research of world-class quality at Newcastle is a really important and time-consuming part of our work. I am always humbled by and deeply grateful for the efforts of all the HaSS Faculty schools and centres in this respect. People give real energy to reading applications, meeting candidates, attending informal presentations or meetings, and serving on appointment panels. And in all of this they are ably supported by Jackie Scott, our Faculty HR manager, and the wider HR team.


So it is always really nice when we get to the point when we can make an announcement and mark the moment that we learn a terrific new colleague is joining us. And this month I am delighted to share the news through NU Connections that we have appointed Professor Sharon Mavin as the new director of Newcastle University Business School.


Sharon will join us in September from the University of Roehampton in London where she has led the School through significant growth and developed an outstanding research culture. We are really looking forward to welcoming her to the team as we know she is someone who shares the values we have worked so hard to define over the past year and she will form part of a fantastic Faculty Executive Board of whom I am very proud.


An international scholar in gender, leadership and organization studies and Fellow of the British Academy of Management, Sharon’s national roles include work as chair of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Diversity Committee and the University Forum for Human Resources and Development. She knows the NE region well having been a former Dean and Associate Dean of Research at Northumbria University’s Business School.


Sharon will now work alongside academic and professional services teams who are developing the future vision and strategy for Newcastle University Business School. The School is one of 21 Triple Accredited Business Schools in the UK and has a strong track-record for world-leading research and teaching in fields such as entrepreneurship and sustainability, business history, economics, workforce demographics, and industrial logistics. Sharon will be working with various teams to maximise the potential of the Business School for cross-disciplinary projects in areas such as health and sports administration, and not least in relation to the innovation agenda at Newcastle. This will enable us to maximise the opportunities of the government’s industrial strategy by building on existent strengths around creative and cultural industries and digital enterprise – best exemplified by the School’s involvement in the Creative Fuse NE project – and on the potential of the national innovation centres located at Science Central. The Business School will have a strong presence in the new Learning and Teaching Centre being built at Science Central and will, under Sharon’s leadership, be at the heart of Newcastle University’s activities over the next decade and beyond.


Prof. Mavin will join Newcastle University Business School in September 2017. She said: “I am delighted to be joining a world-class civic University and leading the Business School at such an exciting time in its development. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to build on the Business School’s success in academic excellence, innovation and in developing open-minded and socially responsible graduates. I am thrilled to be working with colleagues and organisations in the region where the Business School is at the forefront of positive economic and societal impact, as well as enhancing our exceptional global reach”.


I am personally really excited that Sharon is joining us. She brings with her integrity with ambition and an impressive commitment to equality and diversity both in her practice and her research. She shares our commitment to aspirational values that are grounded in social responsibility. Under Sharon's leadership and guidance Newcastle University Business School has a very bright future.



Professor Julie Sanders

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities and Social Sciences)


published on: 17th April 2017


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