New Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology

Published: 2 November 2010 at 16:35

Dynamic new lead for science and technology programmes

As science continues to dominate the education headlines, Anglia Ruskin University has announced the appointment of Professor Eamon Strain as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of its Faculty of Science & Technology.

A champion of world leading research, Professor Strain has been Head of the Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University since 1998. As a result of taking up the role of Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology, he will now oversee the full range of scientific and technological disciplines including Built Environment, Computing and Technology, Life Sciences, Psychology and Vision & Hearing Sciences.

Professor Strain previously worked at Edinburgh and Nottingham Universities and in the MRC Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Cambridge. He holds a BA and a PhD in Psychology from Queens University Belfast. 

His research interests include normal and disordered reading and he has carried out award winning research into the effective treatment of dyslexia in collaboration with local schools. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, the Association of Head of Psychology Departments, and is Director of Research for Holme Court School.  He received the Lord Stafford Award for ‘Impact Through Innovation’ in 2009 for his work in close collaboration with Dr Daniel Sturdy, Director of Sancton Wood School, for the creation of the ground breaking Learning Needs Profiler software programme which helps teachers understand the learning needs of dyslexic children.  The project also won a Research Council’s UK UNICO Impact Award.

Confident of Professor Strain’s ability to lead the world-acclaimed Faculty of Science & Technology, Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said,

"Under Professor Strain’s leadership of the Psychology Department, it became one of several within the Faculty to have world leading research and we very much look forward to him further developing our research excellence across the board."

"We are driven to continue with the development of a truly 21st century learning and teaching environment for students with a passion for science and technology."

"Students who have the aptitude for scientific and technological disciplines are much in demand in this current global economy; and it is these students who will create new knowledge that will contribute directly to society’s prosperity and well-being."

Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest in the University with over 4500 students studying programmes worldwide ranging from Foundation Degrees through to PHD and Professional Doctorates.