Professor John Paterson, Vice-Principal (Internationalisation)
Professor John Paterson is responsible for implementing the University’s Internationalisation Strategy and ensuring co-ordination of activities across the Colleges and Schools. Professor Paterson is closely supported by the Regional Deans, who have strategic oversight and responsibility for partnership development in particular geographic areas. Key aspects of his role are to identify opportunities for collaborations with overseas universities, organisations and governments and to lead and promote our overseas student recruitment activities.
Personal Assistant: Alison Thomson
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273021
Professor Dame Anne Glover, Vice-Principal (External Affairs) and Dean for Europe
Professor Dame Anne Glover joined the University of Aberdeen in 1983 and pursued a distinguished career in microbiology, including the launch of a spin-out company based on her research. While on secondment from the University, Professor Glover was appointed the first Chief Scientific Adviser to Scotland (2006-2011) and then the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2014). In March 2015 Professor Glover was appointed to the board of Scottish Enterprise, the economic development agency that provides enterprise, investment and innovation support within the context of the Scottish Government Economic Strategy. Professor Glover will rejoin the University in June 2015 to take up her Vice-Principal role, following a period of sabbatical at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin.
Professor Bill Naphy, Dean for North American Affairs
Professor William G Naphy has held the post of Dean for North American Affairs since 2013. Prior to that he was Director of the Graduate School for Aberdeen’s College of Arts & Social Sciences. He received his PhD from St Andrews having previously studied at the College of William and Mary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked at New College Edinburgh and the University of Manchester. He was appointed lecturer in history at Aberdeen in 1996 and awarded a personal chair in 2007. His areas of interest include the history of the religion, gender, medicine, witchcraft and crime in the early modern period.
Professor Richard Wells, Dean for South East Asia and Middle East
Professor Richard Wells is the Dean for South East Asia and Middle East and also the Director of Teaching & Learning for the College of Physical Sciences (COPS). Dr Richard Wells studied Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and completed a PhD from the University of Dundee. He is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning in 2011. As a Director of Learning and Teaching he oversees the accomplishment of the College’s strategic aims and ambitions with regard to learning and teaching at undergraduate level, including, but not limited to, academic mentoring, articulation, recruitment and retention, student experience, teaching quality and best practice, and widening participation.
Professor Alfred Akisanya, Dean for Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Alfred Akisanya is Deputy Head of the School of Engineering. Dr Akisanya studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and worked with Shell Nigeria before gaining his PhD on Interfacial Fracture at Cambridge University Engineering Department under the supervision of Professor Norman Fleck, FRS, and with funding from Shell-Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He worked briefly as Research Associate at Cambridge University before joining the lecturing staff of Aberdeen University Engineering Department. Dr Akisanya is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).
Mr Emre Usenmez, Dean for China
Mr Emre Usenmez is a petroleum economist, a legal expert in oil and gas, and the Dean for China. He is an associate at the Aberdeen Energy Institute and at the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL). He is also a board member of Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section. He is a co-editor of Oil and Gas Law: Current Issues and Emerging Trends and the author of Redesigning Petroleum Taxation: Aligning Government and Investors in the UK, scheduled to be published in 2017. Prior to joining Aberdeen he worked in the natural resources sector in Azerbaijan. Emre has a significant experience working with the staff of national ministries, state and private oil companies in Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, and the UK.
He holds an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen. He also obtained his BSc in Economics and his BA in Political Science from the North Carolina State University. As a Dean he focusses on international engagements and on developing partnerships with academic institutions and ministries working in natural resources sectors.
Dr Tania Fahey Palma, Dean for China
Dr Tania Fahey Palma is a Lecturer in Linguistics and the Dean for China at the University of Aberdeen. She is also Programme Director of the MSc Professional Communication and Co-Director of Internationalisation for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. She has teaching experience at a range of third level institutions including the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, Beijing Language and Culture University and Mary Immaculate College-University of Limerick.
Her expertise lies in the areas of Institutional Discourse, Professional Communication and Intercultural Communication. Her research and range of experience working with multicultural teams at different universities and living and working in a variety of different countries including the UK, China, Ireland, Spain, Chile, and the US, has provoked a keen interest in workplace interaction across professional contexts and cultures. Dr Fahey Palma has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and is currently working on projects with the Medical School at the University of Aberdeen.
Dr Stephen Hill, Transnational Manager
Dr Stephen Hill is responsible for managing the development of major transnational education (TNE) projects such as overseas campuses and delivery partner operations. He works with the Senior Vice-Principal and Vice-Principal Internationalisation to oversee the implementation of the TNE strand of the University's international strategy, leading the transformation of initial thoughts of strategic transnational opportunities into operational realities. Dr Hill joined the University in 2004 as Senior School Administration Officer in the School of Education. In 2005, he became Registrar of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, a post which he held until 2016 when he took up the newly created Transnational Manager role. He has an honours degree and a PhD from the University of Stirling, both in Modern History, and has previously worked at Robert Gordon University and Scottish Enterprise.
Mr Vimal Subramanian, International Strategy Officer
Mr Vimal Subramanian acts as an advisor to the Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in implementing the Internationalisation Strategy and policy initiatives. Vimal has over a decade of experience in the Foreign Office and the wider international education sector. With the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) working at the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, India, Vimal was responsible for advising the British Deputy High Commissioner for South India on Education and Health. He has worked at the University of Derby and Vision West Nottinghamshire College in East Midlands in leading International student recruitment.