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New Dean for Research Environment and Culture

28 April 2021

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, credit: Åsa Westerlund
Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, credit: Åsa Westerlund

We are pleased to announce that Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is the new Dean for Research Environment and Culture and started in the role on 19 April.

She takes over from Professor Claire Gorrara, who has moved to the role of Dean for Research and Innovation in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Wahl-Jorgensen has been based at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture since 2000 and between 2012 and 2020 served as Director of Research Environment.

In her new role, Professor Wahl-Jorgensen will focus on enhancing an inclusive, collaborative and creative research environment at the University. This will include key activities designed to support research-only staff and early career researchers, research environment policies, research excellence linked to team science, open science, and the University's approach to research assessment.

Professor Wahl-Jorgensen will also work closely with Dr Sam Hibbitts, the Dean for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, to ensure the University's research environment is inclusive.

Professor Wahl-Jorgensen said, “I am delighted to take on this role, working with colleagues across the University to develop our research culture and environment. The role signals Cardiff University’s commitment to an inclusive vision of research excellence based on shared values, and I look forward to advancing this vision.”

Professor Kim Graham, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Enterprise said, “It is a great pleasure to be able to work with Karin on research culture, drawing on her expertise and knowledge in this area. Promotion of an inclusive culture, which enables our diverse research community to thrive, is a critical part of the University’s future research and innovation agenda. Karin and I are grateful to Claire Gorrara and Mari Nowell for their excellent early work in this area, which provides a strong foundation for us to rapidly promote and enhance research culture across the university.”

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