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University appoints new Executive Dean for School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Nottingham Trent University has appointed Professor Dawn Scott as the new Executive Dean for its School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

Professor Dawn Scott
Professor Dawn Scott, who will join Nottingham Trent University in November (Image courtesy University of Brighton)

Professor Scott will join NTU in November from Keele University, where she has been Head of the School for Life Sciences since 2019.

As a researcher, Professor Scott has worked on projects in the UK and overseas, focusing on helping to alleviate biodiversity loss and investigating the impact of human activities on mammal behaviour, ecology and biodiversity.  

After an undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Durham University, she completed her PhD in Jordan, specialising on desert mammals, carnivores and small mammals.

She then worked in Tanzania and Chile on various research projects, and moved to Zambia’s Kafue National Park, studying biodiversity in mammals, amphibians, birds and butterflies before taking up an academic position at Brighton University.

Professor Scott – who is passionate about science communication and has appeared on national documentaries to share her research and expertise – has previously collaborated with NTU academics on hedgehog conservation research.

She said: “I am excited to be joining Nottingham Trent University. I am exceptionally passionate about the subject areas the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences offers in both teaching and research. I am looking forward to being part of the dynamic executive team to help to drive forward NTU’s vision and aspirations for the future.”

Nottingham Trent University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sharon Huttly, said: “I am very pleased that Dawn will be joining us at NTU as Executive Dean for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Dawn brings with her a wealth of experience, energy and passion for the work of ARES and will lead the School to further success – I look forward to welcoming her to NTU at such an exciting time.

“I would also like to warmly thank Professor Iain Barber for his excellent leadership of ARES as Interim Executive Dean during this uniquely challenging time, it is sincerely appreciated.”

NTU’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, based at the Brackenhurst Campus, undertakes teaching and research in a range of land-based disciplines. Courses span agriculture and horticulture; animal equine and veterinary sciences; conservation and ecology; geography and environmental science; and food science and production.

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available. It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook. The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019.

Published on 14 June 2021
  • Category: Press office; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences