Professor Craig announced as new Head of School at Leeds Beckett
The School is one of four academic schools in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and encompasses academic and professional disciplines including criminology, sociology, politics, applied global ethics, international development, psychology and speech and language therapy. Professor Craig will take up post in August 2015.
Speaking about the appointment, Professor Ieuan Ellis Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, said: “Professor Craig brings to this senior academic leadership role a real wealth of national and international expertise and experience across teaching and research in the social sciences.
“He joins a thriving academic School that has seen significant and successful recent growth in students and staffing, and which is positioned to build on current strengths to deliver ambitious targets linked to further enhancement of teaching and research quality.”
Professor Craig added: “I am delighted to be taking up this role at Leeds Beckett University. This is a School with a strong and growing reputation for high quality teaching and research and I am looking forward to working with staff and students in developing this.”
Dr Craig joins Leeds Beckett from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) where he is currently Senior Director (Education and Research). Prior to joining the HEA in 2011, John worked as Assistant Dean at Teesside University. Previous to that he taught politics at the University of Huddersfield, the University of Leeds and the Open University and led a range of teaching and learning initiatives including a Higher Education Funding Council England funded Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning project on Case-based learning in Politics.
Dr Craig is Chair of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Teaching and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Political Science Education and Learning and Teaching. He is a member of International Advisory Committee for the Consortium for Inter-Campus Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research and of the High-Level Strategy Group for Quantitative Skills, convened by the British Academy. He has also served as chair of AQA Access to Higher Education Quality Assurance committee. John has a National Teaching Fellowship and was awarded the C-SAP Recognition Award for Politics in 2009. He has a PhD from University of Leeds, and a PG Cert in Open and Online Education from the Open University.
The School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences is the second largest School at Leeds Beckett, with over 2000 students and nearly 100 academic staff. The School is also the academic home for the University Centre for Applied Social Research.