New Dean to spearhead newly-merged Faculty of Health and Social Care

Published: 4 April 2007 at 16:15

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed a new Dean to drive its newly-named Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) which is formed from the recent merger of the former Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) with the Homerton School of Health Studies (HSHS). The newly enlarged Faculty offers a wide range of courses including Nursing and Midwifery, and Primary and Social Care. With over 8 000 students, and a budget of over £28m, it is now the largest graduate provider of health education in the East of England.

Professor David Humber will join Anglia Ruskin University – now ranked the 13th largest university in the country with its 28,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff - as the new Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care in August. He is currently the Head of the School of Health and Bioscience at the University of East London and has held a variety of senior roles at UEL since 1997.

Professor Humber obtained his first degree from the University of Southampton and his PhD from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, University of London. He then worked as a Researcher and Associate Professor in the UK, Kenya and Ethiopia for 13 years before joining UEL.

His research interests are in biomedical research looking at the immunology of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis, leprosy and leishmaniasis (a parasitic disease spread through bites from sandflies). He currently supervises several PhD students working on sociological aspects of health and has taught at all levels from Certificate in Midwifery through to PhD supervision.

In his current role Professor Humber has overseen significant growth and diversification of income streams including the recruitment of substantial numbers of international students (+300%), he has overseen capital projects (£7m new clinical education building) and has managed several major institutional reorganisations.

He has also won new contracts in Podiatry, engaged in curriculum renewal and has developed a number of strategic partnerships with NHS, Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and other Health, Sports and Exercise organisations. He has also acted as a Board member on the North East London SHA.

Speaking about the announcement, Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Thorne said:

“We are confident that Professor Humber will spearhead the next stage in the rigorous growth and development of the Faculty including the overseeing of the launch of the new £8m healthcare building in Essex which is set to greatly improve the facilities that support he way health and social care professionals are educated in Essex.”

“It is our mission to strengthen and grow the East of England health and social care workforce of the future.”

Professor Humber added:

“I am really looking forward to starting at Anglia Ruskin University. The health and social care team have already established Anglia Ruskin as the major provider of health and social care training in the East of England and I believe the new faculty has tremendous potential to build on these achievements to develop new and innovative programmes and research activities.”

“I am excited at the prospect of working together with colleagues to build a greater national and international reputation not only for high quality education and training, but also in research and consultancy.”