New Director’s pledge to create centre of research excellence at Business School

Building on Roehampton’s strong research profile to become a centre of research excellence is the pledge from newly-appointed Roehampton Business School Director, Professor Sharon Mavin.

Posted: 8 April 2015

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Professor Sharon Mavin, the new Director of Roehampton Business School

The Business School at Roehampton has already built successful relationships with leading international educational organisations, has seen rising demand from UK and international students and has recently had 60 per cent of its research assessed as ‘world leading’ for its impact, according to the most recent Government audit. Professor Mavin's appointment is intended to build on these achievements.

Professor Mavin will join Roehampton from Northumbria University, where she was previously Dean of the Newcastle Business School and Associate Dean for Research.

A leading researcher who became a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2014, Professor Mavin said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to lead Roehampton's Business School at such an exciting time in the University’s development. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to build on the business school's success in an environment which values both academic excellence and the student experience in the UK’s most research intensive modern university".

Professor Mavin's own research on gender equality in organisations and society will further enhance this agenda. Her work has contributed towards advances in understanding women's experiences of organisations, management and elite leadership and the changes necessary to progress gender equality in business and management in the UK.

Whilst at Northumbria, Professor Mavin directed the Newcastle Business School through a period of major change and enhancement and significant growth in student numbers. By 2012 Newcastle Business School was accredited by the major professional bodies and had achieved a top 10 ranking for Graduate Employability from a total of 93 UK business schools in the 2011 and 2012 Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Roehampton Business School plays a key role in the University’s international collaborations with American and European institutions. It currently has partnerships in management, marketing and human resources courses with Schiller International University and Laureate Online Education in the USA, and the European University Business School. In total 23 under- and post-graduate courses are available to campus-based students.

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