New Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor appointed at Leeds Met
Dr Minten will join the University on 3 November, from the University of Central Lancashire, (UCLAN), where he is currently Dean of the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors.
Dr Minten said: "I am extremely excited about joining Leeds Metropolitan University as it moves into its next phase as Leeds Beckett University. It has a reputation of the highest standing in the subject areas within the Carnegie Faculty and I am delighted to be able to contribute to a university that provides excellent, transformative opportunities to a diverse range of students."
Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University, commented: "I am delighted that Dr Minten is joining our University as Dean of the Carnegie Faculty. His various roles at the University of Central Lancashire have seen him manage and develop a range of subject areas and his extensive experience in the fields of Sports Science and Leisure Studies will be an invaluable contribution to our University. We look forward to welcoming him in November."
Dr Minten completed a BA (Hons) Sports Studies degree at Sheffield Hallam University before completing a PhD in Sport Social Policy from Liverpool University in 1994. His PhD examined the impact of new sports provisions on the sports careers of non-elite participants. His subsequent research interests have centred around public policy and provision of leisure, and sport and soccer hooliganism.
After his PhD, Dr Minten worked as a researcher at Liverpool University before moving, at the end of the 1980s, to the highly regarded Sports Science department at Liverpool John Moores. He then moved to set up the academic sports provision at Glydwr University in Wales, before taking up a post at UCLAN, where he has spent the past 10 years in a number of senior management roles.
The School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors at UCLAN has grown considerably and has been highly successful under Dr Minten's leadership. Additionally, he has been a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Institutional Auditor and is a member of a wide range of bodies in the Sport and Tourism areas. He is a member of the Leisure Studies Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Minten is married with two children and, outside of work, is interested in music, travel and all aspects of sport, particularly rugby, cricket and football. This involves more being a spectator and coach than playing, but he is looking forward to seeing some of the renowned Yorkshire prowess in sport in his leisure time.
Leeds Metropolitan University's Carnegie Faculty encompasses the Schools of Sport, Education and Childhood, and Events, Tourism and Hospitality as well as the University's international research hub, the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.