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8th December 2010, 2:55pm
Lincoln affirms global ambition with new Deputy Vice Chancellor
Professor Ieuan Owen The senior management team at the University of Lincoln has been strengthened by the appointment of Professor Ieuan Owen, an experienced academic, researcher and university manager with a wealth of experience in developing overseas partnerships.

In March, Professor Owen will become Deputy Vice Chancellor (International, Marketing and Communications), and will lead the University's plans to grow its reputation as a global university.

He will join Lincoln from the University of Liverpool, whose campus in Suzhou, China, he helped set up.

Professor Owen has enjoyed a 27-year career as a mechanical engineer in academia and has a world-renowned research track record. His interests are in the fields of fluid mechanics and heat transfer and he has published some 120 peer-reviewed papers.

His work in higher education has taken him all over the world, including China, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Professor Owen said: "A major feature of a modern university is its international profile, and where better than Lincoln, an iconic English cathedral city, to create an international environment that will not only support the undergraduate, postgraduate and research activity at the University, but will also enrich the culture of the campus and the city.

"I am greatly looking forward to working with the University, its staff and students, to fulfil our ambitions.

Originally from Llanfairfechan in North Wales, Prof Owen began his engineering career as a trainee with the Ministry of Defence in 1973. He obtained his Bachelor and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales at Cardiff and joined Liverpool as a lecturer in 1983.

He became a Professor in 1997 and soon afterwards the Head of the Department of Engineering before being appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2002, a post he held until 2008.

Lincoln's Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart said: "I am delighted that Ieuan will be joining us in March. His vast overseas experience will help us take Lincoln to the next level in terms of our global ambitions.

"Promoting academic debate that is globally relevant and locally useful, developing partnerships with universities in other parts of the world, and bringing students from other countries to share their culture and beliefs with us will help enrich our understanding of a rapidly changing world."

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