Change in role holder of SLS Associate Dean International

Published on 29 April 2024

Graham Christie from the D’Arcy Thompson Unit will become the new Associate Dean International for the School of Life Sciences, taking over from Kim Dale who has held the position since 2014.

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During her time in the role, Kim has led:

  • In the establishment of an SLS international strategy for outward mobility, open recruitment and overseas partnership programmes at both Undergraduate and Post Graduate level
  • a significant increase in annual recruitment of Overseas UG students from 2014, reaching 6-fold increase in 2019 
  • In the establishment of 16 overseas teaching partnerships with Universities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and the Americas, ranging from study abroad, to articulation degrees, to dual and joint degrees
  • In the establishment of a School conversion strategy
  • In the recent development of our overseas Post Graduate Research student recruitment strategy - with the recent success in securing SLS being listed as a destination of choice for fully sponsored PhD students from Indonesia

Kim said, “I would like to thank all members of the School that have contributed to and supported our endeavours to develop and implement our international and RUK student recruitment and partnership strategy as this really is a team effort. I particularly wish to highlight the incredible work conducted by the school recruitment and partnership team; Cat Milne (International Partnerships and Student Recruitment Manager) and Carol Ramsey (School International Executive Support)  – Thank you both!  It has been a privilege to work in this role and to be part of the SLS School Executive Group and I wish Graham the very best of luck going forward. “

Kim will continue in her position as Assistant Vice-Principal (International) for the University. A role which she has held since September 2021.

Graham already has a lot of experience in internationalisation, being University Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN Region and Programme Lead for our Joint Degree Programme with the National University of Singapore and our Double Degree Programme with i3L, Jakarta. Graham will start in his new role on 1st May when he will also become a member of the School Executive Group in his new capacity.

Graham said, “I’m delighted to be appointed as Associate Dean International and look forward to working with colleagues in the School, university and overseas, to build upon and progress all the amazing work Kim has led and developed in recent years.”

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