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Divisions unite to form new school of health and sciences

June 9 2015

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University divisions will join forces to create a new super-school of social and health sciences.
 
Social Science and Education will merge with Psychology, Sport Science and Health following the exit of department head Pat Hibberd this summer.
 
With Pat set to leave Glyndŵr University for a new role at the University of Birmingham, Simon Stewart will oversee the newly-formed school.
 
Pat says she is sad to leave Wrexham after seven years but is looking forward to a fresh challenge.
 
“It has been a pleasure to work at Glyndŵr University and to be head of the school of Psychology, Sport Science and Health,” she said.
 
“I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their support and am sure the University will continue to go from strength to strength.
 
“I also wish Simon every success in this new role.”
 
Simon added: “I will work with the teams within the merged school to embed the disciplines into a cohesive unit and build a joint strategy for development.
 
“There is huge potential for these areas; the University is in a period of transition so this is an opportunity for us to look again at ways of exploring and developing our academic delivery and building on the success of past years.
 
“I wish Pat good luck with her future; she has been an incredible colleague and we are all very sad to see her leave.”

Interim Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton, praised Pat Hibberd for her contribution to Psychology, Sport Science and Health and said she will be “a hard act to follow”.

“We all wish Pat well in the future and thank her for the many years of service she has given to Glyndŵr University,” said Professor Upton.

“This situation gave us an opportunity to re-evaluate and align the two schools, which will bring the two areas together and allow academic staff - already working very closely together - to develop as a whole under Simon’s stewardship.

“I’m sure he will do a fine job of bringing this area into focus as we move forward as a university at this critical time.”

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