New College Dean for Derby

Professor Malcolm Todd has been appointed as the new Dean of College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences at Derby University

A sociologist, Professor Todd has largely taught in the areas of the sociology of work and protest movements, social research methods (research design, qualitative methods and policy evaluation), family studies and applied sociology/social policy.

He arrives at Derby after a period as head of one of Leeds Metropolitan University’s largest schools – Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences – and at a time when the University of Derby moves to a system of 7 colleges from its current 4 faculties.

While at Leeds Metropolitan, Professor Todd launched a new University research centre, The Centre for Applied Social Research, which coordinated the submission of two units of assessment to the 2014 REF.

Prior to working at Leeds Met, Malcolm was the Head of Learning, Teaching and Employability for the largest faculty (13,000 students) at Sheffield Hallam University.

Professor Philip Plowden, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted that Professor Todd is joining us as the founding Dean of the new college.

“Malcolm has an outstanding reputation within his discipline and as a senior academic leader. The breadth of his expertise makes him ideally suited to taking forward the excellent work that is already happening within Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“We particularly welcome Malcolm’s long-standing engagement with the identification of best practices in supporting the student learning experience. He has published widely on learning and teaching matters in the social sciences, especially on the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of ‘race’ and ethnicity.”

Until 2010 Professor Todd was the associate director of the national subject centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, based at the University of Birmingham.

He is currently leading on a national project for the HEA and HEFCE on teaching about Islam in the social sciences, and has been a trustee of the British Sociology Association and member of the Heads and Professors of Sociology.

Malcolm has been involved with transnational education, and has developed strong partnership relationships with higher education institutions in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the USA. He has taught for many years in Hong Kong and chaired validation and institutional approval events in the UK, mainland Europe, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong. He is also visiting Professor of Sociology at a University in New York, USA.


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