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New Head of Humanities appointed

Professor Mike Edwards will become the new Head of the Department of Humanities at the University of Roehampton in January 2015. Current Head of Department, Professor Trevor Dean, will spend one year on research leave, before returning to teach in 2016.

Posted: 16 December 2014

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Professor Mike Edwards will become the new Head of the Department of Humanities at the University of Roehampton in January 2015.
Mike Edwards joined Roehampton in August 2013 as Professor of Classics, and is an expert in oratory and rhetoric, in particular the speeches of the Attic Orators and Greek rhetorical theory. He currently teaches modules on Athens, Sparta, Demosthenes and the Rhetoric of Power, Beginners Greek and Reading Latin Texts, as well as supervising student dissertations.

Professor Edwards said the Humanities department was thriving, and benefited from its interdisciplinary nature, with specialist staff who have offered students a variety of stimulating courses.

He said: “My focus will be leading the department through another successful quality assurance review in 2015 and laying solid foundations for the next Research Excellence Framework, as well as ensuring we continue to offer attractive programmes to recruit high-quality students.”

“The department, benefiting from Trevor’s excellent leadership, is in a strong position to achieve these aims.”

Professor Trevor Dean, who has been Head of Department since May 2010, said: “We have seen the department grow in student numbers and expanded our portfolio of courses, we’ve appointed new staff in Ministerial Theology, greatly enhancing our expertise in black majority churches and providing a richer education for our students.”

“This is a great time to be working or studying in humanities and I wish Professor Edwards all the best for his term.”

Professor Edwards was previously Head of the School of Classics at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David; and before that Director of the Institute of Classical Studies in the University of London. He is Vice-President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric; and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies.

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