Senate Election 2014

Election of members of Senate

Nominations have now been received for the 5 non-professorial vacancies on Senate from 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2017.

Voting for the non-professorial category will be via a secure online ballot paper and will be completely anonymous. The voting system used will be proportional by the single transferable vote, and votes must be made by noon on Friday 13 June 2014.

Voting can be made by anyone who has received an email from the Registrar with a link to the online secure ballot paper.

Factual statements provided by the nominees are listed below:

Dr John C Appleby, School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering

I have been Head of the School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering since 2003, having started in 1984 as a Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics.  I have researched in Fluid Dynamics and Maths Education, but I now focus on teaching, administration and management.  I was Director of the Engineering Foundation Year in 1995-2003.

I have been on Senate (most recently 2008-2011) and Council (current), and I have chaired many Internal Subject Reviews in all three Faculties.  I was AUT/UCU branch President 2002-2004, and I am still on its committee.  I co-organised the Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture last year and I have been involved in the University Chaplaincy.

From 2004-2007 I was an elected Councillor for Newcastle.  I have been a trustee of several charities and I am involved in my local community.  I am Governor of All Saints College in the deprived area of Denton.

Dr Stuart Dawley, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Dr Stuart Dawley is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography.  He holds BA Geography and PhD degrees from Geography at Newcastle University, creating an uninterrupted association with the university of 20 years.  His research interests focus upon local and regional development and he is a member of the University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS).  He has a strong record of external engagement with research commissioned by, inter alia, the European Commission, UK Central Govt. (DCLG; BIS), regional developments agencies and local authorities.  He sat on the former Government Office for the North East Academic Board and currently sits on the Regional Studies Association Research Committee.  In terms of teaching and administration, he has extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate provision.  Since 2011, he has led on developing and delivering the undergraduate recruitment and admissions strategy for Geography.  He also leads on Geography’s Alumni development programme.

Dr Geoffrey Poole, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.  I have been a member of staff at Newcastle University since September 1996, when I was appointed as a Temporary Lecturer in the School of English.  After a number of further Temporary Lectureships and Research Associate positions in the School, I was appointed to a permanent Lectureship in January 2003.  Major administrative roles in the School of English have included undergraduate Degree Programme Director for all School degrees (2005-2008; 2013), Chair of the Joint Board of Studies (2005-2008; 2013), Senior Tutor (2005-2008), DELT (2013), and Chair of the Joint Board of Examiners (2007, 2013).  I have also been the School representative on the HASS Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (2003-2008; 2013) and since September 2012 have been a HASS Faculty representative on the University Student Disciplinary Committee.

Dr Ruth Valentine, School of Dental Sciences

I am a senior lecturer in the School of Dental Sciences.  My role combines teaching, research and student recruitment; through roles as admissions tutor and widening participation liaison for the School.

My first degree, BSc Human Nutrition, was followed by a PhD in Molecular Biology (Newcastle).  I began work as a research associate in the School of Cell and Molecular Bioscience in 2002 before the positions of lecturer/senior lecturer at Northumbria University (2004 to 2007), prior to appointment to lecturer in the Dental School (2007).

I teach on a range of undergraduate BDS courses.  My administrative experience includes coordinating the Stage 1 examination process.  I am responsible for the selection and interview process for the BDS programme.  I am a member of the undergraduate student recruitment group, Social Media Forum, MRes PEC Committee and Examination Board and serve on ISR and programme approvals panels on behalf of ULTSEC.

Dr Sara Maioli, Business School

Sara Maioli was appointed as lecturer in Economics at Newcastle University Business School in 2006.  Previously she was a Research Fellow at the School of Economics of the University in Nottingham, in the Leverhulme Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP).  Sara holds an MSc in Economics from Glasgow University (under the Scottish Doctoral Programme) and a PhD in Economics from the University in Strathclyde.  Her main research area is International Economics, International Trade and International Finance.  Since 2012 she has been Degree Programme Director for the MSc International Economic and Finance.  She teaches Economics of Development, Transition and Reform (UG), International Finance (PG) and Advanced Topics in International Trade (PG).  She taught also at Grenoble Business School, Toulouse Business School and the University of Timisoara.  Sara has been a member of the Newcastle University Fairtrade Steering Group since 2010 and has done some teaching around fair trade as well.

Dr Anjam Khan, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences

Dr. Anjam Khan is a leading international expert on the food-borne pathogen Salmonella, and the mechanisms by which it causes disease in humans. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, and is also Director of the FMS Microbiology Containment Level 3 Facility. Anjam has gained extensive knowledge of the University since his first appointment in 1994, having previously worked and studied in Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities.

Anjam has served on numerous teaching, research, and safety committees within the University. Externally he has been a member of the MRC Infections and Immunity Board College of Experts, and is on the editorial boards of microbiology and molecular biology journals. Anjam has collaborated with NHS partners, international scientists, and the pharmaceutical sector. He is an inventor of numerous internationally awarded patents in vaccine discovery and biotechnology. Anjam is also a passionate lecturer and postgraduate mentor.

Dr Jeremy Brown, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences

I am a senior lecturer in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, active in both research and teaching.

My undergraduate and PhD degrees are in Biochemistry (Imperial College and Edinburgh). I carried out postdoctoral work at UC San Francisco and returned to the UK to an independent position in Edinburgh, form where I moved to Newcastle in 2001.  I have held postdoctoral and both junior and senior Research Fellowships.  My research focuses on RNA biology.

I have served as a core member of a BBSRC committee, been involved in the Biochemical Society, am a STEM ambassador, and interact with schools to promote science.

My undergraduate teaching is spread across all years, and I am curriculum committee chair for Biochemistry and Biomedical Genetics degrees.  I chair the Medical School Rees exam committee and am external examiner at Glasgow University.  These roles provide experience in developing, managing and assessing teaching.

Dr Lindsay Pennington, Institute of Health and Society

Lindsay Pennington (PhD, MSc, BSc) joined Newcastle University in 2001 as a senior research associate.  She is now a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Society (IHS), where she co-leads the Lifecourse, Development, and Ageing Research Theme.  She is the Postgraduate Student Coordinator for IHS and a member of the Faculty of Medical Sciences Ethics Committee. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children and young people with neurodisability and the impact and acceptability of health and social care interventions.  As a registered speech and language therapist she has particular interest in communication disorder in neurodisability. She is a member of European clinical and research collaborations; she sits on the general management committee of the European Academy of Childhood Disability and is a member of the steering committee of the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Network.

Dr J V Hogan