The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has announced three senior appointments to strengthen teaching, learning and research.
Professor Lee Chew Ging has been appointed Dean of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia; Dr Festo Massawe has been appointed Director of Studies of the School of Bioscience; and Dr Elizabeth Sheppard has been promoted to Director of Studies of the School of Psychology.
Professor Ian Pashby, CEO & Provost at UNMC, said: “I am pleased to announce the internal promotions of colleagues who are highly experienced and who have proven academic excellence in their fields of study and research. I am confident that they will continue to excel in their careers and successfully lead their teams in order to maintain our world class teaching standards.
Professor Lee Chew Ging
Professor Lee has been appointed Dean of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, where he will lead the development of stakeholder relations and new programmes.
He was one of the first of a pioneering batch of staff to join UNMC when it launched in 2000. In 2011, he was promoted to the position of Professor of Quantitative Methods. A current member of the Senate and an Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning of the University, Professor Lee is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of Chartered Management Institute.
His research interests include sports economics, economics of development and economics of tourism. His research papers have been published in journals including Applied Economics, Journal of Sport Economics, Journal of International Development, International Journal of Tourism Research, Tourism Management and International Journal of Hospitality Management.
Dr Festo Massawe
Dr Festo Massawe, Associate Professor in Plant Biotechnology, has been appointed Director of Studies of the School of Biosciences at UNMC. After joining as Deputy Director of Studies when the School opened in 2006, he played a pivotal role in extensively expanding its teaching and research programmes.
In his new role, he will lead the development of the School’s research and teaching activities. He works closely with colleagues in the University’s Malaysia, UK and China campuses to establish new local and global research partnerships and across other academic disciplines.
Dr Massawe’s research interests are whole plant physiology, plant genetics and breeding and biotechnology tools related to the improvement of crop plants, with a particular interest in research for development and promotion of underutilised plant species. He is closely involved in the development of Crops for the Future Research Centre, a global centre for research and development of underutilised plants, located beside UNMC.
Dr Elizabeth Sheppard
Dr Elizabeth Sheppard has been promoted to Director of Studies of the School of Psychology at UNMC, after her previously serving as Deputy Director. Dr Sheppard joined UNMC in 2009 at the School’s inception.
She will oversee the development of research relationships both locally and globally, and lead the School in activities to promote psychology within Malaysia.
A former Associate Professor, she holds a master degree in Psychological Research Methods and a PhD from The University of Nottingham’s UK campus. Dr Sheppard’s research includes perceptual processing in people with autism, which involves studying how people with autism experience and react to the world around them. She also researches the ability of drivers to identify hazardous events on the roads, and how cultural influences affect driving hazard perception.
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