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Professor Tim Thompson appointed as the new Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences

18 May 2021 @TeessideUni

 

Professor Tim Thompson has been appointed as the new Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences (SHLS).

A Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, he joined Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer in Crime Scene Science in 2007.

Professor Thompson has held a number of senior leadership roles to date, including Associate Dean (Academic) in SHLS, and Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Science, Engineering & Design.

He said: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed Dean and I am looking forward to working with our staff, students and partners, to continue the great work we have done since the formation of the School of Health & Life Sciences in 2019.

‘The School is an important engine for change, challenge and creativity, and this is an exciting time to be here.

‘I believe we can support our students, colleagues and region to fulfil their potential by fostering a culture of inclusive excellence, by delivering a partnership-derived research-led curriculum, expanding our global footprint, and adopting an adventurous approach to teaching.’

Before coming to Teesside, Professor Thompson studied for his PhD at the University of Sheffield (Faculty of Medicine) and was a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee.

I am delighted to have been appointed Dean and I am looking forward to working with our staff, students and partners.

Professor Tim Thompson, Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences

His research interests have evolved over time and he has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on post-mortem changes to the skeleton and what this can tell us about life and death.

He also holds a number of prestigious fellowships including those of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Anthropological Institute. He recently became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and was granted a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2014.

An active forensic anthropologist, Professor Thompson has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts, and currently supports training and capacity building worldwide.

In addition, he was the Managing Director of anthronomics Ltd, a spin-out company from Teesside University which created digital tools and software for working with skeletal remains.

Passionate about making cutting-edge scientific research accessible to all, Professor Thompson actively engages with Pint of Science, a popular annual global public science festival.