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International partnerships: our four new Global Chairs in 2020-21

How we've built research partnerships and enhanced our networks with universities and institutes overseas. Part of the Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21.

Four prominent scholars from the US, Australia, Germany and Italy joined the University’s Global Chair scheme this academic year. As distinguished international visiting professors, their affiliation with Bath sees them build high-profile research partnerships and enhance our networks with universities and research institutes overseas.

A Global Chair appointment is usually for one academic year, but as the pandemic has restricted this year’s activities, the current Chairs will continue in their roles until 2022.

Professor John Warner

Global Chair Professor John Warner is a pioneer of green chemistry and one of the world’s most prominent proponents of sustainable technologies. He is Distinguished Professor at Monash University and co-founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. Hosted by the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), Professor Warner is engaging with our academic community and industrial partners to develop creative solutions to global sustainability problems. His Global Chair is instrumental in facilitating our University’s Green Chemistry Commitment, a global initiative for embedding green chemistry principles into the undergraduate Chemistry curriculum.

Professor Heike Solga

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Professor Heike Solga.

Professor Heike Solga is Director of the research unit ‘Skill Formation and Labor Markets’ at WZB – Berlin Social Science Centre. She is one of the world’s most innovative researchers into ‘marginalised’ education and its impact on social mobility and labour market outcomes. Recognised both for her scholarship and engagement with policy and practice, she has lent support to our University’s high-profile research in social justice and education policy.

Professor Penny Jane Burke

Professor Penny Jane Burke is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She is an influential scholar and practitioner, whose expert advice has informed national policy and impacted practice at universities across the UK, Australia, and South Africa. Her Global Chair is helping to develop joint research for new, critical perspectives on gender equity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). She is also focused on enriching our approaches to widening participation practice, for instance through the design of inclusive campus spaces and pedagogies.

Professor Alberto Minetti

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Professor Alberto Minetti.

Professor Alberto Minetti is a Distinguished Professor of Physiology at the University of Milan. Recognised internationally for his expertise in human locomotion – across basic science to application in sports, health, and clinical settings – his Global Chair is building on successful links with our Department for Health.

The Global Chair programme is run by the International Relations Office. Chairs also connect with our wider University and alumni community, providing mentorship and building new links between research and practice.

Tina Schilbach, International Partnerships Manager (Research), said: “The Global Chair scheme brings significant benefits for the University’s international profile, providing a bespoke format to connect with world-leading experts in their fields and grow networks of excellence, both in the UK and at an international level.”