Professor Todd Landman concludes role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences


May 2nd, 2023

Following a period of eight years as a member of UEB, Professor Todd Landman will complete his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences on 30 June 2023. He will continue as a Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and International Relations.

Professor Landman joined the University in 2015 as the Faculty’s first Pro-Vice-Chancellor and has led the work of the Faculty through a period of significant change and progress. The Faculty has grown its size and shape in terms of student and staff numbers, increasing its annual research awards by more than 100% during this period, and delivering a strong performance in REF2021.

Under Professor Landman’s leadership the Faculty has achieved impact through its educational programmes, research and knowledge exchange, and its growing networks of external stakeholders. Particular highlights include the establishment of INFINITY, which focuses on inclusive financial technology; the Rights Lab, a world-leading research group focused on modern slavery; the Decision Maker Panel, which researches UK business decisions on R&D investments; and a joint ESRC Centre on Inclusive Trade; as well as membership of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Programme; the triple accreditation of the Business School; the award of five European Research Council grants and two UKRI Future Leader Fellowships within the Faculty; and the Faculty’s award-winning Impact Leaders Programme.

From July, Professor Landman will lead and contribute to a number of externally-funded research projects on human rights and modern slavery, one of which is funded by a large and well-known company and another by the US government. He also will serve on ESRC Council and contribute to the education and research activities of the School of Politics and International Relations and the Rights Lab. He will continue to mentor Nottingham Research Fellows, supervise PhD students, and engage with policymakers, the media, and other external stakeholders.

Professor Jeremy Gregory has agreed to act as interim FPVC to lead the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 July 2023 alongside his current role as FPVC for Arts which will ensure a rapid transition and maintain momentum across two successful faculties.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said:

“I wish to thank Todd for his leadership of the Faculty for Social Sciences for a period of more than eight years, during which time he has transformed teaching, research and knowledge exchange in the faculty. I am very pleased that having concluded an extensive period on the University Executive Board, we will retain Todd’s drive and expertise in the faculty, researching to tackle some of the biggest human rights challenges that we face across the globe.”

Professor Landman said:

“I am very excited to make a continued contribution to the success of the University of Nottingham in my ongoing role as Professor of Political Science, including through leading several new funded projects on modern slavery and human rights.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the FPVC, with a multi-dimensional portfolio of activities within and beyond the Faculty across finance and planning, research and knowledge exchange, leadership and management, project management groups, committees, task and finish groups, and UEB.

“I am particularly proud of my work on EDI, leading a number of initiatives that have seen real progress for colleagues with protected characteristics. I have had an extraordinary set of opportunities and life-changing experiences over the last eight years, and I have valued working with so many inspiring and brilliant people across our university community.”

Professor Jeremy Gregory said:

“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Faculty of Social Sciences alongside the Faculty of Arts and look forward to supporting staff and students in their research, teaching and learning across our brilliant disciplines in the social sciences, arts and humanities.”

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