press release
Published: 18 August 2016

Professor Helen Griffiths appointed as Surrey’s new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

By Peter La

The University of Surrey has today appointed Professor Helen Griffiths as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, who will take up the role from 01 December 2016.

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  • Professor Helen Griffiths to become Surrey’s new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Professor Griffiths is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International Relations) at Aston University and has held a number of leadership roles in academia including Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston
  • A prominent researcher, Helen has contributed widely through membership of external advisory boards and professional bodies, such as the British Society for Research on Ageing

Professor Griffiths is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International Relations) at Aston University.  Previously, she was Executive Dean and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences. In a wide range of leadership roles Helen has also developed Aston’s international strategy, improved university-wide engagement in internationalisation and driven initiatives to increase research income.  

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Surrey, said: “Helen is an exceptional candidate with extensive leadership experience and knowledge in the bioscience and biomedical fields.  I very much look forward to working with her to drive teaching and research excellence and innovation which will take the Faculty to the next level." 

Professor Griffiths said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey as Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The Faculty already has a reputation for excellent research and education in health and life sciences with the recently opened Veterinary School and the potential for a Medical School, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to catalyse cross-disciplinary research and education that tackles global health challenges which are relevant to the local and international communities.”

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