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University of Westminster appoints new Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities

5 February 2016

Professor Andrew Linn

The University of Westminster has appointed a new Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

In his new role as Dean, Professor Linn will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the Faculty to promote the University’s vision of excellence across learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange, as well as to enhance its reputation and performance.

Professor Linn joins from the University of Sheffield, where he was Professor of the History of Linguistics from 2003. He has extensive experience as an academic leader, having served as Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Sheffield between 2004 and 2007, and Director of Research and Innovation in the Arts and Humanities for five years. His research spans a range of fields, such as linguistics, Norwegian language and history, with projects including an investigation of the changing role and status of English across Europe, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, says: "Andrew is joining the Faculty at a pivotal time as we look to strengthen our social sciences and humanities offering and research capabilities. His wealth of expertise in the field will bring refreshing new ideas and approaches that will contribute towards our aims to expand the research opportunities for the University, and provide a dynamic and vibrant learning environment for our students as part of our vison for 2020."

Professor Linn says: "The extensive academic and research heritage of the University provides an optimal environment to develop new initiatives in both research and teaching. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on the strengths of our Faculty and contribute new ideas to achieve the University’s strategic goals."

The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in subject areas including languages, history, criminology, law, politics and international relations. Its diverse portfolio of academic activity, combining theoretical and academic rigour with practical application, seeks to inspire the next generation of global citizens across disciplinary boundaries. The Faculty’s research centres are internationally renowned for their impact and critical contributions to key debates of the 21st century.

Find out more about the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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