Jean van den Elsen

Jean van den Elsen, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, has been promoted to Professor of Biochemistry from Reader.

Jean is a structural biologist who studies the molecular characteristics of proteins involved in maintaining homeostasis in the human body. His particularly interest is in the role the innate immune system plays in the delicate balancing act between maintaining stability and defending the host against invading pathogens.

Professor Rod Scott, Head of Department of Biology and Biochemistry, said: “Jean exemplifies how pure and applied research can work together to deliver both excellent academic outputs and intellectual property with sufficient impact for successful translation into marketed product.

“Significantly, Jean has achieved the academic reputation recognized by this promotion whilst providing outstanding teaching to our undergraduate and postgraduate students, being an excellent departmental colleague and entertaining the wider world through his singing with Vocal Works Gospel Choir.”

Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Department of Chemistry, has been promoted to Professor in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry from Reader

Barbara is a leading expert in environmental, analytical, water sciences, wastewater-based epidemiology and public health. Her research involves various aspects of the fate and effect of pollutants in water.

Professor Christopher Frost, Head of Department of Chemistry, said: “Barbara is an outstanding research leader with a track record of highly cited publications and attracting funding to her research programme, including a 4.2M Euro grant for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network in the area of sewage profiling.

“Barbara thoroughly deserves this promotion to a personal Chair. It is well-deserved recognition of her high impact research leadership and dedication to teaching across the Chemistry and Natural Science programmes.”

Mary Hayden

Mary Hayden has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Education

Mary’s research interests focus particularly on international schools and international education.

Mary’s promotion is in recognition of Mary’s track record in researching international education, particularly within the context of the International Baccalaureate (IB) school system, as well as the role she has played in leading the Department of Education as Head of Department since 2012.

Professor David Galbreath, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said: “I am very pleased to see the hard work and dedication recognised in Mary becoming Professor of International Education.

“Through her collaborations in and beyond the department, she will continue to play an important leading role in researching international education.”