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A strategy for the future: SUMS appoints Dean


Professor David Oglethorpe has been appointed Dean of the Triple Crown accredited Sheffield University Management School.

On his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Dean at Sheffield University Management School. I am immensely proud of what the School has achieved already, and cannot wait to make a significant leadership contribution to its ongoing development.

“From the Management School’s research-intensive community also emerges an unfaltering focus on student experience, a dynamic and engaged workforce of academic, teaching and professional services staff, and a passion for the city of Sheffield. Our current position is strong, but throughout the next few years we have many objectives and I have made it my mission, as Dean, to do all I can to achieve them.”

Professor Oglethorpe’s research interests focus on environmental sustainability and he is involved in various interdisciplinary cross-faculty research initiatives, particularly related to food production and the water agenda. Joining the Sheffield University Management School in July 2012, he has an undergraduate honours degree in Agricultural Economics (1988) and a PhD in Environmental Economics (1996), both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Professor Oglethorpe has also been active in teaching at Sheffield University Management School, on the Sheffield MBA’s module in Managerial Economics and Masters-level Research Methods.

Faculty of Social Sciences Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Gill Valentine said: “Professor Oglethorpe has an ambitious vision to take the School to the next stage of its development. I look forward to working with him in what promises to be a challenging and exciting time.”

Professor Oglethorpe concluded: “Sheffield University Management School can now build on its previous accomplishments to create added value in distinctive channels of management education and research. The competition in the marketplace for students is fierce and the bar is continually lifting on research excellence.

“Over the next ten years, I intend to make Sheffield University Management School internationally recognised for its world-leading research and for providing an outstanding student experience at the highest level of provision.”


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