AECC University College Welcomes New Deputy Vice-Chancellor

AECC University College is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kevin McGhee.

Professor McGhee joins the University College from Bournemouth University, where he currently holds the role of Professor of Health Sciences and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology.

In this role, he was responsible for six departments; overseeing the educational provision within the faculty, the student experience of nearly 4,600 students on-campus and quality assurance for a suite of programmes.

Professor Lesley Haig, Vice-Chancellor of AECC University College said: “We are delighted to have appointed Professor Kevin McGhee to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at AECC University College.

“Kevin is an accomplished academic who shares our values of commitment to excellence and person-centredness and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our community.

“He joins us at an exciting point in our journey as a specialist health sciences university, having acquired an additional campus this year and with a review of the corporate strategy and new projects under way which will transform the organisation.

“I am really looking forward to working with Kevin as a member of our Executive Team and to seeing our community continuing to thrive with him in this key role as academic lead for the institution.”

Professor McGhee has a PhD in Psychiatric Genetics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. He spent four years at the University of Edinburgh as a post-doctoral research fellow in the departments of Psychiatry/Medical Genetics, Psychology and briefly as a teaching fellow in the School of Nursing.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to be joining AECC University College as Deputy Vice-Chancellor to contribute to its development and growth as a specialist institute in Health Sciences.

“In these unique times, the higher education sector must reflect on finding ways to respond to national workforce needs, develop creative methods of teaching and support student and staff wellbeing. I look forward to working with the staff and students of the University community and with regional, national and international partners to enhance our educational offering and research provision.

“It is a privilege to lead AECC University College alongside the Vice-Chancellor through the next chapter of its journey.”

Professor McGhee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and British Society for Genetic Medicine. Most recently, he co-led on a £3.98m Digital Healthcare Catalyst bid with partners from the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

His research interests include Psychiatric Genetic counselling, collaborating with colleagues from the University of British Columbia, University of Manchester, Babeş-Bolyai University, and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the UK Management Committee representative for an EU COST Action in the same field.

Professor Kevin McGhee

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