Professor Ian Allison has been appointed as the University’s new Executive Dean of Engineering and Digital Technology.
Ian will provide strategic direction to UCLan’s Faculty of Science and Technology, working to enhance its academic and professional reputation, strengthening academic provision and supporting UCLan’s plans for engineering, digital and creative industries.
Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership Board, he is also a board member of the Centre for Engineering Education and Development and is on the Scottish Government’s STEM Strategy Implementation Advisory Board.
His appointment comes at a significant time, as the Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) nears completion. Ian said: “I’m delighted to be joining at this exciting time for the University. I look forward to working with colleagues to create a fantastic, distributive learning and innovation environment to fulfil the ambition evident in the new EIC.
“As someone who is passionate about engaging with practice, I put students and employers at the centre of our approach to learning, skills development, technical innovation and the application of research to enable impact from all we do.”
Dr Lynne Livesey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UCLan, said: “Ian’s vast experience combined with his knowledge and insight make him the perfect candidate to take this new role forward and support our strategic aims.”