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We have appointed our first Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health): Professor Charlotte Clarke.

Professor Clarke will work across the University and with external partners to encourage and support world-leading health research and education, helping more people to thrive in the places they live, locally and globally.

She will work with health practitioners, researchers, funders, local and national government and more, and serve as Director of our Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Introducing our new Associate PVC (Health)

Since 2019, Professor Clarke has served as Executive Dean for our Faculty of Social Sciences and Health.

Previously she was Dean International for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She has been a sub-panel member for RAE 2008, REF 2014 and REF 2021.

In her research, Professor Clarke has worked to address health inequalities and stigma and has influenced international health and social care policy and practice in relation to dementia.

She will take up her new role on 1 September 2024. We will be undertaking a rigorous internal and external search for a new Executive Dean, with whom Professor Clarke will work very closely.

Changing lives for the better

Professor Clarke said: “I am delighted that the University has created this opportunity to work with colleagues and partners to take forward a focus on health. This is critical to our contribution to health and economic development in the region and ensures that we drive forward the strongest research and education opportunities for the welfare of communities, our planet and individuals across the globe.”

Professor Mike Shipman, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, said: “Durham research, Durham education and Durham graduates are shaping health and wellbeing across the globe, from training and equipping local health practitioners to building resilience in the face of natural disasters.

“Our ambition is to extend our impact in changing lives for the better. Charlotte is uniquely placed, highly esteemed and well connected to lead us in this mission.”

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