New appointments at Northampton

Prof Hastings McKenzie and Dr Helen Poole to join the University of Northampton in October

Professor Hastings McKenzie has been appointed as Dean of Academic Partnerships at the University of Northampton, from October 2016

He joins Northampton from Staffordshire University, where he is the current Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

Professor McKenzie’s academic career has spanned over 15 years, including roles at both Birmingham City University as an Associate Dean and Glyndwr University, where he was Head of the School of Science and Technology. An experienced marine, mechanical and manufacturing engineer, Professor McKenzie has significant industry experience, with roles in the Royal Navy and British Steel. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Westminster, and completed an Engineering Doctorate at Cardiff University.

The University of Northampton has academic partnership agreements with institutions in the UK and around the world. Hastings commented: “The University has some very successful partnerships, and I look forward to using my experience to develop more opportunities for students and staff. Future academic partnerships will further strengthen the University’s influence, reach and reputation in transforming lives and inspiring change.” 

A well experienced academic assessor, Professor McKenzie has undertaken several reviews and audits for the QAA over the past ten years. He has also worked separately in Higher Education as an external quality assessor, and conducted inspection work in other countries. 

Future academic partnerships will further strengthen the University’s influence, reach and reputation in transforming lives and inspiring change

Professor McKenzie joins the University of Northampton at a time of growth, with just two years before the £330m Waterside Campus in the town centre opens for students.

The University has also appointed Dr Helen Poole as Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health & Society. Dr Helen Poole is joining Northampton from Coventry University, where she has worked since 2003. At Coventry, Helen has held posts including Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Associate Head of Department for Development. Since September 2015, Helen has been Coventry’s Head of the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences. 

Dr Poole has a degree in Law from the University of Wolverhampton, a MA in International Criminology from the University of Sheffield, and is a Doctor of Education having recently graduated from the University of Birmingham. She also holds qualifications in teaching and learning, and has a keen interest in social enterprise.

Before joining academia, Dr Poole worked for Warwickshire Probation Service as a Probation Services Officer, and HM Prison Service as a prison officer in a Young Offenders Institute. Accordingly much of Dr Poole’s teaching and research expertise is in punishment, with her Doctor of Education focusing on prison education. Dr Poole also worked as a research associate to the Home Office in the UK examining a range of criminal justice issues, such as the use of forensic science in detecting crime and the expansion of the DNA database, street robbery and arson.

Dr Poole will also start her new role at the University of Northampton in October 2016. 

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