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A message from our Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Three ICZ Directors now appointed

Oct 03, 2017

Professor Richard Stephenson, DVC
Professor Richard Stephenson

Dear Colleagues,

I’m happy to share that three out of four new ICZ Directors have now been appointed.

Professor Robin Bargar, Founding Executive Director of the Studio for International Media and Technology, will take the position of ICZ Digital & Creative Director. Robin, who has been with the University since 2015, is the current Digital & Creative Development Lead and has been steering projects with key media industry partners for the past couple of years.

Yesterday Mike Brown, former Director of Global Academic Programmes at Siemens, joined us as the ICZ Engineering & Environments Director. Mike has spent the vast majority of his career developing academic engagement partnerships for large global organisations. Mike steered Siemens’ Global Academic Programme and developed partnerships with universities and overseas governments. He is a regular keynote speaker at national and international industry and academic conferences; presenting on STEM education, Industry 4.0, and technology innovations and drivers.

Andrew Spencer, former Head of Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation at Rothamsted Research, will become our ICZ Health, Wellbeing & Society Director. At Rothamsted Research, Andrew developed long-term alliances with key commercial partners and prior to this was in charge of business development and technology transfer at the University of Dundee’s College of Medicine. He has also spent time developing partnerships between industry and academia at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as their Business Manager. Andrew will join us in a couple of months’ time.  

Our three new ICZ Directors have a wealth of experience and will be pivotal in driving our industry-focussed strategy over the coming years. The recruitment of our ICZ Sport Director is ongoing.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank Peter Walker and Ben Light, our ICZ Development Leads for Engineering & Environments and Health, Wellbeing & Society (respectively). Both played central roles in ensuring our ICZ strategy continued to grow and remained at the forefront of our priorities as a University.

Kind regards

Professor Richard Stephenson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor