New deputy vice chancellors announced for Plymouth University
Plymouth University has announced an eminent medic and an acclaimed champion of the arts as its two new Deputy Vice-Chancellors.
Professor Raymond Playford will join the University from the University of Tasmania where he is Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, while Professor David Coslett will take up the position from his current role as Plymouth’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts.
Professor Playford previously held the position of Professor of Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in addition to being Vice Principal at Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Playford is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Academy of Medical Sciences with specialty training and clinical practice in gastroenterology.
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He was also previously Chairman of the Education Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Associate Editor of the Journal Gut and a member of several medical research advisory boards and expert panels.
His specialist research interests include mechanisms of repair, growth factors and the interface between food and medicines and he has had over 100 research papers published.
Professor Playford said: “As an academic leader, teacher and medical clinician, I am committed to furthering a student centred, research focused approach to education. Plymouth is becoming renowned on a global platform for its life changing health, medical and marine research and I am excited about playing a key role in the University and further developing Plymouth’s international standing.”
Professor David Coslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, has championed the University’s cultural and wellbeing agendas alongside representing the interests of the University within the community. He is a passionate advocate of regional enterprise through the arts and played a lead part in positioning Plymouth as a city of culture, through his involvement in bringing the British Art Show 7 to the city.
Professor Coslett has held a number of senior academic positions within the Faculties of Arts and Education, specialising in drama, theatre and performing arts.
He is Vice-Chair of the Plymouth Culture Board, Trustee of the Barbican Theatre Company and South West Film and Television Archive and Chair of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and secretary to the UK Council of Deans of Arts and Social Sciences.
Professor Coslett said: “It’s a privilege to be appointed to this senior leadership position at a University that I am so passionate about. I am committed to ensuring that we continue to offer a student experience that is second to none and play an active role in helping shape and deliver on the city and region’s potential for creative solutions. I will further engage our alumni and partners in actively supporting the University’s exciting enterprise mission as sponsors and advocates of our work in driving social inclusion and economic regeneration.”
Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor said: “Plymouth University’s standing as a world class university, with a focus on enterprise, is advanced materially by these key senior appointments at this exciting time in the sector.
"Professor Ray Playford is an internationally esteemed medical educator, researcher and clinician who will further our position as a leading academic institution with a strong reputation for curriculum innovation and translational research.
"Professor David Coslett is a highly respected, committed and talented member of staff who has grown within the institution and will continue to champion and shape the student experience and relationships with partners.
"I look forward to welcoming Ray and David to their new roles in helping to lead our University on the next phase of our dynamic journey where the student experience and world-class research serve to transform lives through education.”
Current Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Professor Mary Watkins will retire from the University this summer after some 15 years, while Bill Rammell will take up his new position as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire at the start of the next academic year. Professor Coslett takes up his role this month while Professor Playford will join the University in September 2012.