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New Associate Dean aims high

Professor Andrew Simpson

A major new role, developed as part of the Dean’s future strategy for the School, the Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, has been announced.

Andrew Simpson, who was also awarded a Professorship of Management Practice with his appointment, has been with Sheffield University Management School since June 2013 when he joined as Director of the MBA. Following a fruitful year in that role, he is now tasked with taking the lead on our ambitious international collaborations and corporate learning partnerships.

Professor Simpson said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious position, and am excited about the future at Sheffield University Management School.

“We have made significant steps forward during my 14 months here and are rapidly moving towards securing our objectives, such as marking out new territory in international corporate learning partnerships and post-experience education in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).”

Professor Simpson has taken the strategic lead on major School accreditations, and this will continue to be a part of his role.

Dean of the School, Professor David Oglethorpe, commented: “The School’s Vision is one where we have world-leading research at the heart of our activities, and we have a global reputation for the quality of delivery at the highest end of provision. The latter will be enhanced through major growth into corporate learning partnerships and executive education, accompanied by growth in the strategic strength of our international partnerships.  Andrew’s appointment is central to taking this forward and I’m delighted to have him on board in this innovative new position.”

Professor Simpson will work closely with the School’s other Associate Deans to ensure a joined-up approach across portfolios to the delivery of the School’s strategy, Mission and Vision, as well as the Marketing, Business Engagement and Alumni teams.

Professor Simpson’s Chair in Management Practice was in recognition of his substantial industry experience, research and practice-based learning, his knowledge and experience in post-experience education, and his involvement in global accreditation programmes.

Professor Simpson concluded: “The School has a comprehensive strategy and is entering an exciting period in its development. I am looking forward to being a fundamental part of its progress.”


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