Durham University's Professor Charlotte Clarke

Durham appoints first health chief to drive research & education

A landmark move has been made at Durham University as it appoints its first ever associate pro-vice chancellor for health in Professor Charlotte Clarke.

Charlotte’s job will be to promote and support world-class research and education, which has an impact both locally and across the globe, ultimately collaborating with health practitioners, researchers, funders, local government, and central government.

She will also serve as director of the university’s Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Charlotte has been at the university’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Health since 2019, as executive dean.

Her other previous experience includes:

  • Dean international for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh
  • Sub-panel member for research assessment exercise 2008
  • Sub-panel member for research excellence framework 2014
  • Sub-panel member for research excellence framework 2021
Durham University's Professor Charlotte Clarke

“Durham research, Durham education and Durham graduates are shaping health and wellbeing across the globe, from training and equipping local health practitioners to building resilience in the face of natural disasters,” said the university’s vice-chancellor and provost, Professor Mike Shipman.

He added: “Our ambition is to extend our impact in changing lives for the better. Charlotte is uniquely placed, highly esteemed and well connected to lead us in this mission.”

“I am delighted that the University has created this opportunity to work with colleagues and partners to take forward a focus on health,” commented Charlotte.

“This is critical to our contribution to health and economic development in the region and ensures that we drive forward the strongest research and education opportunities for the welfare of communities, our planet and individuals across the globe.”

Charlotte has helped influence international policy and practice in dementia through her research, as well as tackling stigma and health inequalities.

She will start her new role from 1 September 2024, and now the university will undergo a rigorous recruitment process for her replacement.

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