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Issue 493, 27 October 2003
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Centenary gives boost to Leeds research

A significant number of new chairs are to be established to mark the University centenary in 2004. Twenty-one positions in areas as diverse as world cinema, transport analysis and diabetes have already been advertised. Further chairs will be announced, some to be supported through internal funding and some through sponsorship or fundraising.

University Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Wilson said: “In its first hundred years, Leeds has secured an international reputation for the quality and breadth of its research. The centenary chairs will build on this success by placing Leeds at the forefront of new and emerging interdisciplinary areas of investigation, while maintaining our excellence in established core subjects.”

Twelve new interdisciplinary centres have had their academic cases approved by ADC and are now going through the final stages of the approval process: advanced molecular biophysics; sustainability of agriculture, food and the environment; pharmacy and medicines; media arts, sciences and technologies; earth and biosphere; social sciences; bionanoscience; manufacturing nanotechnology; health sciences; earth, resources, energy and the environment; humanities and aviation.

University research will be further strengthened with the nomination of 13 academic fellows under a new government initiative following recommendations made by the Roberts review into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The scheme, which, if approved, will be formally launched in February 2004, aims to help the transition from PhD to academic lectureships.

The University’s nominations would be for two fellows in the faculties of mathematics and physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering and medicine, dentistry, psychology and health, and one in each of the remaining faculties. Under current proposals, the first fellows would take up their posts in October 2004.

For further information, see the jobs website


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