Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Heads of College

Professor Martin Barstow

Head of the College of Science and Engineering

Martin Barstow

Martin Barstow is Professor in Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester and currently Head of the Physics and Astronomy department. He has been involved in many space missions during his career, including NASA’s Voyager probes, which travelled to the outer planets of the Solar System. More recently he has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope helping to develop the plans for the final servicing mission, which is expected to take place in May 2009.

Martin has been closely involved with the development of the National Space Centre in Leicester and is the current Chair of its Education Advisory Board. In 2005, he acted as consultant to the British National Space Centre to help develop a Space Education Initiative, which led to the report “Bringing Space into School Science”. In 2008, he was a member of the Wakeham panel, set up by the government to report on the health of Physics in the UK.

He is also an active musician as a member of the choir and part-time organist at St Michael and All Angels, Cosby and has sung at the De Montfort Hall on several occasions in the Bardi Symphony Chorus. He is regularly seen performing around the county as a member of Leicester Morrismen. 

He said: “I am very pleased to be appointed to lead the new College of Science and Engineering. I am looking forward to working with all my colleagues in this and the other Colleges to build on the University’s recent successes and to help make Leicester recognised around the world for its excellent teaching and research.”

Professor Julie Coleman

Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Julie Coleman is Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities (formed on 1 August 2015 form the merger of two existing colleges) and a Professor in the School of English. She obtained her BA from the University of Manchester and her MA and PhD from King’s College London. Following various temporary roles at King’s, Birkbeck, Durham and Lund, in Sweden, she was appointed to a lectureship at Leicester in 1995, becoming a professor in 2009 and Head of School in 2013. She founded the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, and is a fellow of the English Association, the International Association of University Professors of English and the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Alison Goodall, BSc, PhD

Interim Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Alison Goodall is Professor of Thrombosis & Haemostasis in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. She graduated in Biology from the University of London (Queen Elizabeth College) and gained her PhD in the Biochemistry Department of the Royal Free Hospital school of Medicine (University of London). Following a postdoctoral period in the Department of Immunology at the Royal Free she was appointed as a New Blood Lecturer in that Department in 1983. She became a Senior Lecturer in the Haematology Department at the Royal Free in 1990. Alison moved to Leicester in 1997 to join the Department of Pathology and to her current chair in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences in 2003.

Her research is focussed on the role of blood platelets in clotting, and atherothrombosis and the genetics of thrombotic and cardiovascular diseases.

She has previously held roles as the College Director of Enterprise and Deputy Director of Research. At a national level she has held various roles on grant funding bodies, learned societies and journals including a period a President of the British Society for Haemostasis & Thrombosis and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Science.

She has taken up the post as interim Head of College and PVC until the end of September 2015.

From 1 July 2015 Professor Philip Baker will be Head of College, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Medical Dean Elect, taking over the position full-time from 1 October.

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