Civil engineer steps into role of Dean of Faculty

Published: 18 February 2008 at 09:48

Another top academic moves to Anglia Ruskin University.

A new Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor has been appointed by Anglia Ruskin University to head up its internationally acclaimed Faculty of Science & Technology which specialises in subjects such as human vision, forensic science, animal behaviour, wildlife biology, psychology, audio technology and the built environment.

Dr Paul Smith is currently Head of the School of Computing and Technology at the University of East London. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering which he completed part-time while working in the construction industry. He completed his academic studies with an MSc and then a PhD which focused on the dynamic analysis of highly non-linear structures.

Dr Smith worked for 13 years in industry with various local authorities and was responsible for the design and construction of a number of major contracts including the structural refurbishment of multi-storey reinforced concrete buildings and a number of drainage and flood relief schemes. He then moved into higher education as a lecturer and programme leader and has taught at all levels in civil engineering programmes from HNC to MSc. He has also acted as an examiner for a number of PhD’s.

He brings a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, academic management and quality assurance having been a Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education specialist reviewer and auditor for over 8 years. Paul was also part of the higher education advisory group working on the development of the new national 16-18 Diploma in Engineering and has worked on various consultancy projects with local authorities, professional bodies and employers. 

Commenting on the role, Dr Smith said:

"I am very much looking forward to joining Anglia Ruskin University’s growing Faculty of Science & Technology. The rich and varied courses offered within this faculty help to fast-track students into some of the most dynamic careers in the UK and overseas. I want to help build on this worldwide reputation while providing the highest quality student experience we can."

Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said:

"This is a highly significant appointment for Anglia Ruskin University. We are delighted to have Dr Smith on the team."

Apart from his extensive professional and industrial links he has also developed partnerships with a variety of home and overseas colleges in Greece, Cyprus, Malaysia, India and China. Many of these links have resulted in franchising of academic programmes and into recruiting overseas students to UK based programmes. 

In his spare time Paul has been a member of the Territorial Army and is a qualified expedition leader an assessor for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme (Expeditions) and a county rugby referee.