Swansea’s 18 new international research stars

Eighteen researchers with global reputations are being appointed as Distinguished Research Professors at Swansea University. The appointments are spread across all six academic Colleges and will further strengthen the University’s reputation for research excellence as it seeks to fulfil its ambition of becoming one of the world’s top 200 universities by 2020.

These new arrangements build upon the success of a number of joint appointments with overseas universities in the areas of Mathematics, Law and Entrepreneurship.

The eighteen academics in question have been recruited from across the  globe, including the USA, Far East and Europe. They are based at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. They will spend a proportion of their time working with colleagues in Swansea to build and to strengthen global research collaborations and to enhance the vitality and sustainability of our research environment.

The academics coming to share their expertise with Swansea include the distinguished English scholar Maud Ellman, currently a Professor at the University of Chicago, psychologist Perrine Ruby, a researcher at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre in France and lawyer Joel Trachtman, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US.  There are also  appointments to the College of Engineering, including Andrew Barron, currently Chair of Chemistry at Rice University, Texas, three appointments in the College of Medicine and three in Science.

Professor Noel Thompson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said:

“These academics are real international stars and we are delighted that they want to come to Swansea University and work with our research communities.  These appointments demonstrate our commitment to research excellence and our global ambition.”