University appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation)

Professor Colin Grant has been appointed as the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation).

Professor Grant, who is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of International Relations at the University of Surrey, will take up his new appointment on 1 June 2012.

In this newly created role he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s international strategy and leadership, as well as acting as an ambassador for the University overseas to raise its international profile.

Professor Grant is a Bath alumnus having graduated in 1993 with a PhD in East German Literature & Theory from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: "I am delighted to be joining one of the UK’s leading universities at an exciting and challenging time for the higher education sector.

"As a former student at Bath, I’m thrilled to be returning here to lead the international development of the University and to further strengthen its international profile."

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said: "We are extremely pleased to have appointed Professor Grant to this key new role.

"Bath has a truly international community – more than 25 per cent of our students are from outside the UK and from over 100 countries around the world.

"Professor Grant will continue to build on this excellent reputation. His international credibility in higher education and past evidence of achievement in the international domain will be a real asset to Bath."

Professor Grant has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of International Relations at the University of Surrey since 2009.

He was formerly Head of the School of Arts, Communication & Humanities at the University of Surrey (2005-2007) and then Dean of International Relations (2007-2009).

He is currently chair of the University Global Partnership Network (Surrey, North Carolina State University, Universidade de São Paulo, and with partnership relations with Fapesp, Banco Santander), and has led the South East - India Partnership Network consortium with IISER Pune, India.

Professor Grant was also responsible for oversight of the running of the Surrey International Institute, Dongbei University of Finance & Economics, in Dalian, PR China.

He has worked at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1990-1993, 1998-2005) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1995-1998).

After taking his PhD at Bath, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the LUMIS-Institut, Universität/Gesamthochschule Siegen (Germany), and has devoted his research career to the philosophy of communication, a field in which he has published nine books.

Professor Grant is a fluent writer and speaker of French, German and Portuguese and a learner of Chinese and Korean.

The University’s Council approved Professor Grant’s appointment at its March meeting.

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