University of Leicester Business School Dean is conferred with national fellowship

Posted by pt91 at Oct 23, 2017 11:17 AM |
Distinction recognises impact of her work in society

Issued by University of Leicester on 23 October 2017

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The Dean of the University of Leicester Business School has been given a prestigious award in recognition of the contribution her work makes to society.

Professor Zoe Radnor, who was appointed the first Business School Dean at Leicester last year, has achieved the distinction of a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Before joining the University, Professor Radnor, who is also Professor of Service Operations Management, worked in some of the top business schools in the UK. Her Fellowship recognises her contribution to social science research.

Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said:

“Each new distinguished Fellow has been recognised for their outstanding and impactful contributions in their respective fields, and will prove invaluable additions to the range of expertise within the Academy.

“This speaks not only to the power and scope of the social sciences to address the big issues of our time, but also to the growing depth and breadth of representation within the Academy as the voice of the social science community as a whole.”

President & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, said: “It is a testament to the quality of Professor Radnor’s work, and its impact on society, that she has been invited to become a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

“As an academic leader, she is an inspirational figure who is a leading and pioneering researcher in the field of public service operations management.  She heads a School with nearly 200 members of staff and over 5,500 students and is among a rising number of women in the UK to lead a business school.

“Her honour brings great distinction to the University of Leicester and we congratulate her for achieving this success.”

Professor Radnor joins an illustrious group of distinguished academicians at the University of Leicester who have now been awarded fellowships of professional bodies in their disciplines.

Professor Radnor said: “When I began my academic career one of my aspirations was to become an ‘Academician’.  It is my great delight and honour to have been named as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

“I plan to continue and share my academic journey with colleagues and members of the public at my inaugural lecture in November.

“The lecture on November 21 will outline the development of Lean in public services emphasising the importance of organisational readiness factors which include the importance of leadership engagement, understanding demand and co-production.”

  • Professor Radnor’s inaugural lecture ‘We don’t make cars, do we? Understanding how manufacturing techniques are (not) relevant to public services’, takes place at 6.30pm on Tuesday November 21, in George Davies Centre, Lecture Theatre 1.


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