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Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)

(6 July 2017)

Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process. 

Professor Claire O’Malley, currently Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, will take up her position on Monday 15 January, 2018.

International agenda

The post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) is a new addition to the University’s senior leadership team. Professor O’Malley will be responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of the University’s international agenda, a key part of the University Strategy, 2017-2027.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor O’Malley will oversee the development of an International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees; the development of strategic partnerships with international peer institutions; the establishment of a Durham University presence in key global cities; work to increase study and work abroad opportunities for Durham undergraduates and work to increase the percentage of students from outside the UK studying at Durham to around 35% by 2027.

Professor O’Malley will build strong networks internationally and strengthen the University’s global profile. Claire will ensure that Durham continues to thrive as an institution that promotes inter-cultural learning and an ever stronger sense of global citizenship.

Significant experience

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, said: “Claire brings significant experience of the global higher education sector and has a vast array of skills, knowledge and experience. Claire will enhance an already strong senior leadership team and will support the University in achieving its ambitious international agenda.”

Professor Claire O’Malley said: “I am very pleased to be joining Durham University. Durham is already a global university, with 150 nationalities represented among its staff and students, but it also has ambitious proposals to strengthen its international reputation. I look forward to helping deliver that.”

Strong record

As Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), Professor O’Malley is responsible for the strategic direction of the campus for Research and Knowledge Exchange, including facilitating links with Nottingham campuses in the UK and China.

Prior to her current role, Professor O’Malley served as Dean of the Faculty of Science at UNMC and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, she worked at the University of California San Diego, the University of Sussex and the Open University. She recently served on ESRC’s Research Committee and was a previous Vice Chair of the ESRC Grants Board.

Internationally, Professor O’Malley is currently Chair of the Research and Innovation Committee for the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and serves on a number of international funding committees and the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. She is a past President and an Inaugural Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Claire is a psychologist whose research interests are in human-computer interaction and technology enhanced learning.

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University Strategy 2017-2027

Durham Worldwide

Durham University International Study Centre

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