Sussex appoints Roseneil as next vice-chancellor

Prof Sasha Roseneil is currently a pro-vice-provost and faculty dean at UCL

The University of Sussex has appointed Prof Sasha Roseneil – currently head of equity and inclusion at UCL – as its next vice-chancellor.

She will begin the role in summer 2022. She is the ninth vice-chancellor in Sussex’s 60-year history.

Appointed pro-vice-provost for equity and inclusion in December 2020, Prof Roseneil is also dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL. She joined UCL from the University of Essex in 2018, where she was an executive dean of the faculty of social sciences.

The professor of interdisciplinary social science in the Institute of Advanced Studies describes herself as a “sociologist, gender studies scholar, psychosocial researcher, a group analyst and psychotherapist”. She has spent more than 30 years pioneering research on gender, sexuality and intimate life, and on citizenship, social movements and social change.

Prof Roseneil was a founding editor of the journal Feminist Theory, and serves on the editorial boards of Social Movement Studies, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Women’s Studies International Forum, and Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies. She completed her undergraduate and postdoctorate at the London School of Economics.

She led the development of the UCL Teaching Concordat on working conditions, contracts and career progression. She also helped a team at UCL recently achieve a bronze award from the Race Equality Charter.

Prof David Maguire is interim vice-chancellor, taking over in December 2021 from Prof Adam Tickell, who left to lead the University of Birmingham.

Dame Denise Holt, chair of the university governing council, said: “After an extremely thorough and competitive recruitment process, we are convinced that Professor Roseneil is the right person to lead this exciting new phase in the university’s development.

“She is hugely respected as a globally-influential researcher, valued colleague, and champion of the transformative power of education.

“Her expertise and influence will be invaluable in harnessing our shared values to create a better university for a better world.”

Professor Roseneil said: “During its first 60 years, Sussex has established itself as one of the most innovative, progressive, and dynamic universities in the world.

“Sussex’s future is extremely bright and I am hugely honoured to be appointed as its next vice-chancellor.

“I will focus the energy and resources of the University on realising the full potential of its ground-breaking research, thought leadership and transformational education in the service of the common good. The world is currently facing enormous challenges, particularly relating to environmental sustainability and intensified inequalities, and Sussex has a vital contribution to make in tackling these problems and shaping a better future for all.”

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