Anya Hurlbert, Professor of Visual Neuroscience, has been appointed to the additional role of Newcastle University's Dean of Advancement.
This newly created Deanship recognises the importance of the University's philanthropic efforts. Philanthropic funding is fundamental in maintaining Newcastle's global reputation for academic excellence.
In addition to her academic portfolio, Professor Hurlbert will work closely with the Director of Advancement, Teri Wishart to ensure that philanthropic efforts are in line with University strategy and to engage key stakeholders, with input from Academic Leads.
Professor Hurlbert joined Newcastle University in 1991 after a research fellowship at Oxford University. Before this, Professor Hurlbert completed her PhD at MIT and obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School.
Moving from Physiological Sciences to Psychology, she helped to create the new School of Psychology. Professor Hurlbert later co-founded in 2004 - and co-directed for 10 years - the University's Institute of Neuroscience.
An international leader in her field, Professor Hurlbert has published and lectured widely and taught at universities both in the UK and US. Her primary research continues to focus on human visual perception and the neural processes from eye to brain. She also sits on the Board of Trustees at The National Gallery.
Looking ahead to her new appointment, Professor Hurlbert said: "Newcastle University's excellence in research and teaching is recognised by alumni, friends and benefactors all over the world. I am delighted to take on the opportunity to engage with our existing supporters and to forge new relationships, working with our benefactors and colleagues to enhance Newcastle's leadership in solving societal challenges, across medicine, science and engineering, arts and the humanities.
"Equally important in my role is gaining the input from my academic colleagues and students in developing plans for even greater achievement in the future."
published on: 15 January 2016