New head for Manchester Business School

The University of Manchester has appointed Professor Fiona Devine to the role of Head of Manchester Business School (MBS) with effect from 1 January 2014.

She took over as Acting Head of Manchester Business School in September from her previous role as Head of the School of Social Sciences (2009-13).

Professor Keith Brown, Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Humanities, said: “Fiona is a successful, proven leader with an international research reputation. I am confident that she will provide the academic leadership and management required to further enhance the standing of the School nationally and internationally.”

Her research interests are in the fields of social stratification and mobility, work and employment, and politics and participation from a comparative US/UK perspective and she is currently a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, USA and an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. Fiona is also Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, based at The University of Manchester.
Fiona Devine has been widely recognised for her work and she was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Sciences in 2010 and elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.

Fiona Devine said: “I am delighted to be Head of Manchester Business School – one of the top business schools in the world. I look forward to working with excellent staff in support of The University of Manchester’s agenda for world-leading research, outstanding learning and student experience and commitment to social responsibility. It will be exciting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MBS in 2015 and to enjoy the substantial investment in facilities, including a new hotel and executive education suite and the full redevelopment of School estate, which begins in the New Year. ”

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Kate McNamee
Head of Communications
Manchester Business School
The University of Manchester
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