Oct 14 2020

Council has one vacancy for an academic staff member. Four nominations were received when the nominations period closed on Friday 9 October 2020.

Academic staff will be invited to vote electronically using Jisc Online Surveys.

Note: An academic staff member is defined in Statute 1 as “any person appointed to a post designated by the Council as academic staff of the College” and this includes all persons holding appointments of Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer at the College.  

The Voting process

Each academic member of staff eligible to vote will receive an email to their College email address which will include a unique weblink, allowing access to the online voting portal.

This electronic voting process will be anonymous.

There is ONE vacancy to be filled. You may therefore cast your vote for a single candidate only.

The candidate who receives the highest number of votes will be elected.

Voting opens today (14 October), and will close at 6pm on Tuesday 20 October. The results of the election will be announced on the Staff Intranet on Wednesday 21 October.

It is not possible to amend your vote once it has been cast. 

The Candidates

Details of the four candidates are listed below, alphabetically by surname: 


Candidate: Professor Bob Fitzgerald

Proposer: Professor David Simon

Seconder: Dr Linda Popplewell

Statement: Academic staff member, College Council, 2017-20. Professor, Business History and International Management, School of Business and Management, where currently Director of External Engagement. Joined Royal Holloway as a Lecturer. Undertaken many administrative roles, including Deputy Director, School of Management; Teaching and Learning Director; both PGT and UG Director, MBA Director, and Admissions. Former Vice-Chair and Chair, RHUL UCU, and currently Branch Secretary. Research interests: Business/Economic History, International Business, employment history, Asia Pacific economies. Recent publications include: Rise of the Global Company (CUP), and global electrical manufacturing (Business History Review). Recognised, hopefully, for both long service to Royal Holloway and willingness to speak up on behalf of staff. Reduced Council size increases importance of an independent voice, as will pressing issues of renewing College strategy, future of research, and College finances. Fought recently to keep staff elections to Council, and would establish regular online forum, if elected, to discuss issues with colleagues.  


Candidate: Professor Adam Ganz

Proposer: Dr Ruth Cruickshank

Seconder: Professor Alan Bradshaw

Statement: I am Professor in Screenwriting in the Media Arts Department and have worked at Royal Holloway for nearly 20 years. I was one of the elected members of Academic Board who fought to ensure we retained our elected representatives on Council.

I’m now standing for Council myself as I want to ensure that at a time of unprecedented change there are independent voices who will speak up for academic staff and ensure we have a voice in the governance of the institution we care about so much. 

Royal Holloway is a first-rate institution with excellent staff who are passionate about their subjects and their students. I want to see us continue to thrive through productive collaboration, whilst protecting our most important function as a community of learning, teaching and research which takes pride in how it treats all staff and students and the role it plays locally, nationally and internationally.


Candidate: Professor Kathy Rastle

Proposer: Professor John Saunders

Seconder: Professor Helen Nicholson

Statement: I've been at Royal Holloway for 18 years and have served as a Head of Dept, Associate Vice Principal (Research), and as a Director of Research. I am serving on the REF and have held many leadership roles in UKRI.  I am currently leading a major review into the ‘Future of the PhD in the Social Sciences’ for ESRC that involves engagement across multiple disciplines and stakeholder groups. I'm interested in serving on Council primarily because I believe that we need greater focus on strengthening our research competitiveness and research infrastructure. It is easy to lose sight of research in the midst of other challenges, but this is a crucial part of our offer to students, and our research strength allows us to attract leading scholars from around the world. My broad knowledge of Royal Holloway research and of the wider research context will support the work of Council in this respect.


Candidate: Professor Katie Willis

Proposer: Professor Victoria Bourne

Seconder: Professor Laura Spence

Statement: Katie Willis is Professor and Undergraduate Education Lead in the Department of Geography. She has been at Royal Holloway since 2003, teaching human geography at undergraduate and PGT levels. Her research focuses on migration, gender and development, and has involved collaborations across departments and internationally. She has been an Admissions Tutor and Research Group Director in the department. She was Head of the Department of Geography 2015-18. This provided her with significant experience in the day-to-day management of academic activities, supporting colleagues and students, and more strategic leadership and liaison with the College Executive and Professional Services. As Head of Department she was a member of Academic Board. Outside Royal Holloway she was an elected member of Council and a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 2016-19. 

If you have any queries please contact, Pauline Martin, Executive Officer for Council, or Rob Cutting, Secretariat Assistant, via email to secretariatroyalholloway.ac.uk


Dr David Ashton

Deputy Principal (Operations) and Secretary to Council