New Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law announced

Posted by pt91 at Aug 13, 2013 04:55 PM |
Professor Mark Peel is to join the University of Leicester from October

In October, Professor Mark Peel is joining the University of Leicester as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law.

Mark comes to Leicester after working for nearly four years at the University of Liverpool, where he was Head of History and then Head of the School of the Arts, and pioneered major changes in teaching and curriculum. Before that, he worked for fifteen years at Monash, one of Australia's largest and most internationalised universities.

As the Australian-born son of two 'Ten Pound Pom' migrants who left Britain separately in 1956, met in the third-class bar of the Orontes and then married and settled in Adelaide, Mark has a particular interest in the history of migration, mobility and aspiration. He is especially renowned for his writing on the history of poverty and welfare in books such as The Lowest Rung and Miss Cutler and the Case of the Resurrected Horse. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2008. While at Leicester he will continue to work on his current project - a history of men who worked in domestic service in Britain - and develop his interests in the history of teeth and dentistry in Britain, North America and Australia.

Mark is an award-winning teacher and received a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for both his "imaginative teaching of history" and his work supporting the welfare of students at Monash and other Australian universities. With long experience in the design of programmes to aid student recruitment, retention and engagement, Mark is especially keen to work closely with local and regional schools and colleges on students' successful transition to university study. A strong believer in the importance of connections between universities and their communities, he also wants to ensure that the College's disciplines are engaged as actively as possible in debates about the local and regional as well as the global future.

Mark said: "I want to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from the expertise and success of my new colleagues, from their skills as teachers who are also at the cutting edge of research, and from the perspective they bring as scholars in arts, humanities and law to the really crucial questions about how we shape the future.

“My career has been devoted to building the vital links between scholarly research, excellent teaching and students' long-term careers. These links are already very strong at Leicester, and my aim is to nourish and deepen them even further."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: "I am delighted to be able to welcome Professor Mark Peel to the University.

"He is well known for his great work linking research and teaching – a development that is at the heart of Leicester’s activities.  I am sure he will take on the role of Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law with enthusiasm and move the College forward to greater levels of success."

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