New Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships announced

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Professor Linda King

Professor Linda King has been appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships.

The appointment was made in mid-October and Professor King has taken on the role as of 1 November.

Professor King has a strong track record in research and knowledge exchange and was Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences before taking on the role of Interim Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange earlier this year.

It is a great honour to be leading on research and to be taking forward our plans for developing strategic academic and research partnerships.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Global Partnerships

Speaking about her new role she said: “It is a great honour to be leading on research and to be taking forward our plans for developing strategic academic and research partnerships. We have much to be proud of here at Oxford Brookes and I look forward to building on this success through working with colleagues from across the University.

“We will shortly be communicating our refreshed research and knowledge exchange strategy. Through discussions with many colleagues from across the University, I hope we will be able to launch a strategy that puts people at the heart of engaging in high quality research; research that delivers broad benefits for our communities and society whether local, regional, national or global, and of course, including our students.”

This is a new role for the University, and Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt is delighted with the appointment: “Professor Linda King’s inspiring leadership style and clear strategic vision for both research and international partnerships, made her the ideal appointment.

“This new role will draw together two complementary agendas, building on our successes in the recent Research Excellent Framework through further developing a world-class, focused and selective research portfolio and forging multi-dimensional, strategic international partnerships.”

Following the completion of her doctorate in molecular virology at the University of Oxford in 1985, Linda’s research has focused on understanding the biology of insect viruses and on their exploitation in agriculture, medicine and biotechnology. She is co-founding director of a joint Brookes and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) spin-out biotech company.

Professor King has been a Professor of Virology at Oxford Brookes since 1998 and was previously Dean of the School of Life Sciences for eight years, becoming Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in 2011.