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Durham University

About Durham University

Professor Susan Hart, Executive Dean (Business)


As Executive Dean (Business), Susan is responsible for the strategic development and financial performance of the newly-established Faculty of Business. She is a key academic leader, supporting and enhancing research and teaching performance within her Faculty. As an integral member of the University Executive, she also plays an important ambassadorial role for her Faculty and the University as a whole.

Professional background and expertise

Susan joined as Dean of Durham University Business School in 2016 from Strathclyde University, where she led the Business School as Executive Dean from 2007 – 2015 and the University’s Internationalisation and Marketing from 2012-2015. Prior to Strathclyde, she worked at Stirling and Heriot Watt Universities in the UK and previously held posts in Pennsylvania State University, Griffith University, Delft University of Technology. As a recognised expert in product innovation and marketing, she held visiting positions in Queensland University of Technology, University of Murcia, Toulouse Business School and Aarhus University. Susan is an experienced business school leader and previously served on the Board of Directors of AACSB. She is a fellow and former Chair of the Senate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Leadership Trust Foundation and sits on the advisory boards of several international business schools and serves on accreditation panels worldwide for the major international accrediting bodies.

Education and qualifications

Susan holds a BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Strathclyde and a Diploma of the Market Research Society.