New SRUC Academic Leadership

Published Tuesday, 12th February 2019 in About SRUC news

Eileen Wall
Professor Eileen Wall speaks at the SRUC-Teagasc conference in Edinburgh

Scotland’s Rural College has appointed a new Head of Research and a new Head of Learning and Teaching. 

Joining SRUC as Head of Learning and Teaching is Dr Pauline Hanesworth, who will be responsible for developing excellence in learning and teaching. An internal appointment, the new Head of Research, Professor Eileen Wall will oversee research quality across SRUC. 

They are the latest two positions in a restructured Academic Leadership team that are leading SRUC’s goal to be a unique, market-led and mission diverse 21st Century enterprise rural university.

Professor Jamie Newbold, SRUC Academic Director, said: “Professor Wall and Dr Hanesworth have joined at the SRUC Academic Leadership Team at an exciting time and we’re delighted to be working with them. 

“Over the next year we are bringing research and teaching together within our new regional faculty structure to benefit our students, partners and the wider rural sector. Professor Wall and Dr Hanesworth will be instrumental in working with our colleagues – especially SRUC’s three new Deans – to enhance both research and teaching across the three faculties.”  

New Head of Research – Professor Eileen Wall

Prof Wall previously led major research activities for SRUC, including the RESAS science portfolio, the development of the REF submission and the management of a range of research funding portfolios. Prof Wall’s external roles include co-chair for animal health and welfare committee for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and senior Vice President for the British Society of Animal Science.

New Head of Learning and Teaching – Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Dr Hanesworth joins SRUC with a range of experience in the higher education sector improving teaching practice, processes and policies nationally and internationally and has extensive experience undertaking education reform, developing people and creating new courses. She takes up her new position on 1 May.

Dr Hanesworth moves to SRUC from Advance HE (previously Higher Education Academy), having previously worked for the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and the University of Exeter, where she was awarded her PhD.

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