A new school-based structure will come into operation at Royal Holloway from the start of the new academic year on 1 August 2019.
Following internal advertisement and interview, Heads of School-designate have been appointed as follows
School of Business and Management
Professor Gloria Agyemang
Currently Head of the School of Management
Gloria Agyemang is Professor of Accounting and holds a PhD in Management from the University of London. Receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana and her postgraduate at McGill University, Canada, she has both management and teaching experience at UK and African Universities. Gloria’s diverse research interests include NGO Accountability, Management Control and performance management in Public Sector Organisations, the Management of Educational institutions; Race, Culture and Diversity issues; Accounting and sustainability management in Emerging Economies, Accounting for Migration-Immigration and Accounting for Crime. She is deeply interested in how accounting and accountability issues impact upon social policies and believes that by telling the stories behind the numbers, we can see how these policies affect peoples’ lives.
School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Professor Stewart Boogert
Currently Head of the Department of Physics
Stewart Boogert is Professor of Accelerator Physics. He started his scientific career as a PhD student particle physicist at the University of Oxford performing analyses of large data sets produced by particle colliders. During his post-doc at University College London he switched focus to problems associated with simulating, constructing and operating the world’s largest particle colliders. He moved to Royal Holloway in 2005 with the formation of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, a collaboration between Oxford, Imperial and Royal Holloway. Stewart's research interests now are the physical, engineering and computational challenges of large scale accelerator facilities, not only high energy particle colliders but also X-ray and neutron sources.
Stewart is passionate about open source software for science and education. He and his group have developed a code (BDSIM) that simulates the passage of particles through matter, which can be used to understand the largest accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) down to small therapeutic medical accelerators for cancer treatment. While in the Department of Physics he was instrumental in improving the experimental and computational skills acquired by undergraduate students, to improve their understanding of physics but also their subsequent employability. Stewart has or holds numerous positions within the Science Technology Research Council (STFC). He is member of STFC science board and is the UK representative to the European Committee for Future Colliders (ECFA). Through his teaching of undergraduate observational astronomy, he has become a keen amateur astronomer.
School of Humanities
Professor Juliet John
Currently Head of the Department of English
Professor Juliet John joined Royal Holloway in 2012 as Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature and Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies. Educated at Cambridge and UCL, she spent 20 years of her career in the North West of England before joining the college, mainly at the University of Liverpool, where she founded and directed the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies and was Principal Investigator on the AHRC Gladstone cataloguing project at Gladstone’s library. Juliet is particularly known for her interdisciplinary work on Dickens and popular cultural contexts and for her editorial work across disciplines.
In an institutional context, Juliet has a range of experience of cross-disciplinary leadership, formerly as Director of Student Experience for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool and, more recently, as Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway from 2016-17. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the English Association, an AHRC Strategic Reviewer and a trained QAA reviewer.
School of Law and Social Sciences
Professor Matthew Humphreys
Currently Head of the School of Law and Acting Dean of Management, Economics and Law
Professor Matthew Humphreys joined Royal Holloway in August 2017. His academic profile is in European environmental law, with Sustainable Development in European Union Law: a General Principle published by Routledge in 2018 and with a book on Brexit, environmental standards and the car industry due for publication early next year. He is interested also in urban regeneration, social justice and pedagogy.
In his Head’s role, Matthew has worked on encouraging interdisciplinarity within law and social sciences. In his first year in the School of Law he worked on the school’s values and how these values can underpin interdisciplinarity, research and teaching. His priorities relate to values and culture, to research, to an engaging curriculum and to working across boundaries, be they disciplinary or cultural. As Dean, he has worked integrating social work colleagues into the School of Law and developing interactions with Economics and Management colleagues. He welcomes the new opportunity to work with colleagues in Politics, International Relations and Philosophy.
School of Life Sciences and the Environment
Not yet appointed
An external recruitment process has begun to recruit a new Head of School.
In the period January to July 2019, the Associate Deans in Science, Professor Tamar Pincus and Professor James McEvoy will jointly act as Head of School-designate and will join other Heads of School in developing the new structures.
School of Performing and Digital Arts
Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck
Currently Head of the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance
Professor Jen Parker-Starbuck joined Royal Holloway as the Head of the Department, Drama, Theatre and Dance in January 2018, after serving as Professor and Head of Department at the University of Roehampton. She is a co-Theme Leader for StoryLab, one of the strands of the AHRC funded StoryFutures Grant, working with immersive storytelling and the Creative Industries. She is currently the Editor of Theatre Journal, and has also served in editorial capacities within a range of interdisciplinary publications such as PAJ: Performing Arts Journal and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
Her research and teaching have focused on interdisciplinary practice and theory, and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is the author of Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (with Bay-Cheng and Saltz, University of Michigan Press, 2015), and co-editor of Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices, (Palgrave, 2015). Her “Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse” (Theatre Journal, Vol. 65, Number 3, October 2013) received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2014 Outstanding Article award.