Chichester appoints new deputy vice-chancellor

Prof Simeon Keates joins the University of Chichester from Edinburgh Napier University

The University of Chichester has announced that Prof Simeon Keates has been appointed as its new deputy vice-chancellor.

Prof Keates is currently dean of Edinburgh Napier University’s school of engineering and the built environment and will start his new position in July. He has a keen interest in robotics and inclusive design.

Prof Jane Longmore, vice-chancellor of Chichester, said: “Simeon brings a wealth of academic and commercial experience from environments as varied as the University of Cambridge, IBM, and the former Department of Trade and Industry.

“We are delighted that he has joined the University of Chichester and will help to transform the outcomes of our engineering and digital technology students as well as develop our plans to provide qualified nurses for the NHS and other healthcare sectors.”

Chichester’s new deputy vice-chancellor will oversee expansion of the university’s engineering and digital technology portfolio at its £35 million tech park at Bognor Regis.

Prof Keates’s research expertise is in the field of inclusive design, particularly how products and services can be designed to help elderly people and those with disabilities live independently. He is interested in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and robotics.

“I am excited and honoured to be joining the University of Chichester,” he said. “It has an ambitious strategy to grow in size, as can be seen by the significant investment in its Tech Park in Bognor Regis, while maintaining its excellent reputation as being a simply great place to study.

“My new role offers a great opportunity to really shape the growth and development of the University. A major part will be to explore the expansion of our STEM provision, especially technology degrees and nursing. I want to ensure that we develop an international outlook and reach while remaining rooted in our local community, as well as building further on our growing reputation for high quality research and innovation.”

“I am a passionate believer that university is not just three more years of school. A central foundation to our approach has to be to prepare students not just for the jobs of today, but also the jobs of tomorrow. We need to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to prosper in their careers and also to make their mark in the wider world.”

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