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Promotions success for academic staff at Harper Adams

Posted 20 April

“I am also proud to be one of the first professors at Harper Adams to have completed their PhDs at the University. This shows how Harper Adams is maturing as a university and how our applied research approach has developed.”

Eight members of academic staff at Harper Adams University have received promotions; including the university’s first appointment of a female professor.

The three professorships have been achieved by Lydia Arnold, Jim Monaghan and Vasil Pirgozliev.

Dr Simon Jeffery has been promoted to Reader and Susan Howarth, Greg Rowsell, Louisa Dines and Dr Dimitrios Paparas have all been promoted to principal lecturers.

Professor of Learning and Teaching Lydia Arnold said: “I’m excited to receive a professorial promotion for my work in educational development and eLearning, as well as for academic service.

“Harper Adams has an excellent reputation for teaching and supporting students and I am pleased to be able to work with such a vibrant community of colleagues to progress all sorts of projects, which have in turn underpinned this recognition.

“Going forward I hope to be able develop my work with authentic assessment and action research to support the university’s own practice, but also to advance these areas nationally and internationally.

“I hope to continue sharing resources and ideas in the educational development community and I will continue to strengthening the university’s digital provision. There are many interesting things ahead!”

Professor of Applied Plant Physiology Jim Monaghan said: “We need new crops and approaches to help us respond to challenges, such as climate change, and a need to enable more UK crop production in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

“My aim is to continue to develop research and development that involves linking between the new genomic discoveries and practical applications for plant breeders and producers.

“I am also proud to be one of the first professors at Harper Adams to have completed their PhDs at the University (along with Professor Vasil Pirgozliev). This shows how Harper Adams is maturing as a university and how our applied research approach has developed.”

Reader in Sustainable Technology Dr Simon Jeffery said: “I am very happy to have achieved a promotion. It shows my research efforts are acknowledged and I know that I have support as I continue to develop that aspect of my career. I have also come to be aware that the vast majority of people have no idea what a ‘reader’ is...”

“I was very pleased to be promoted to principal lecturer as I am the first vet nurse within our department to achieve this,” Programme Manager for Veterinary Nursing Courses Susan Howarth said. “I hope that this recognition will assist me further in developing and delivering advance veterinary nursing courses at Harper Adams, which will in turn, advance the development of the wider veterinary nursing profession.”

Programme Manager for Engineering Courses Greg Rowsell said: “The Engineering Department has become nationally recognised as a centre for excellence for its innovative curriculum developments; focussed around the strategic development of students into highly employable graduates and increasing the diversity of recruitment and inclusivity of provision, while also managing the student experience through minimising student dissatisfiers and developing personal resilience.

“It is exciting to receive the opportunity to further disseminate and progress this work, while also investigating further opportunities to progress.”

Principal Lecturer in Agronomy Louisa Dines said: “After the lengthy application process, I was delighted to be appointed in recognition of the contribution I make to the University.

“I look forward to being a key part of the agriculture team that takes the course forward during what is going to be a challenging transition period for the industry.”

"I am very pleased about my promotion to principal lecturer,” said Principal Lecturer in Economics Dr Dimitrios Paparas “and look forward to adding more value to my department and institution in my new position". Dr Paparas is leading the University’s two new postgraduate programmes in Business Economics and Agricultural Economics.

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