After six years in the role, Professor David Galbreath will be stepping down as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the end of July this year. David will be taking a sabbatical to grow his academic interests, and I am hopeful that he will be able to contribute his significant leadership and management experience to a range of University projects in years to come.

Having considered advice from a wide range of colleagues within the University, given the scale and diversity of activity within the Faculty we have decided to hold an open process in appointing the next Dean. Both internal and external candidates will be welcome to apply. Aware that there are strong internal candidates, we will support them in coming forward for the role.

We recognise that we should also welcome those with significant capabilities and ideas from outside the University to apply. We will engage a recruitment agent to assist us in that search, ensuring that it is as inclusive as possible.

I am extremely grateful for all that David has achieved over the last six years. He stepped into the role at short notice and led the Faculty through significant change and growth at the University, including COVID. He has also been a strong contributor to pan-University initiatives, leading ED&I and workload management, and making key contributions on the University Executive Board.

My best wishes go with David for the next steps in his career.

With best wishes,

Professor Ian White

Vice-Chancellor and President