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New Dean at the helm of Teesside research

25 August 2010 @TeessideUni


Professor Zulfiqur Ali is the new Dean of Teesside University’s Graduate Research School.

The Graduate Research School (GRS) is the focal point for all aspects of research. Its varied role includes research funding and projects, research degrees, and policy and strategy.

Professor Ali, 47, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, said: 'I’m excited and very pleased to have gained this position; I was really attracted by the opportunity to work across the whole University research community.

'The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise showed that Teesside University has significant amounts of world-class and internationally excellent research work.

'We now need to build on our strengths, exploit new opportunities and demonstrate the value of our research.

'It’s important we continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our research processes. We also need to continue to develop partnerships, both nationally and internationally, with other regional universities and with centres of excellence within the region, such as the Centre for Process Innovation.'

Last year the University launched five research Institutes, Digital Futures, Health and Social Care, Design, Culture and the Arts, Social Futures and Technology Futures.

Professor Ali led the Technology Futures Institute before his appointment as Dean of GRS. He added: 'The research Institutes will be particularly important for increasing both the quality and quantity of research that is carried out in the University. They will provide more of a focus for our research as well as supporting synergies between the different disciplines. I’m also keen that we support research-informed teaching in the University’s six academic schools.'

Professor Ali was born in Pakistan and grew up in Huddersfield. He achieved his first degree in chemistry at the former Thames Polytechnic, followed by a PhD from the University of Manchester. His first lecturing post was in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Brighton, before joining Teesside’s School of Science & Technology in 1996 as a senior lecturer in chemistry. He later progressed to the roles of reader, professor and finally Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation. He is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys swimming and walking.

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