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University of Nottingham Malaysia appoints VP for Research

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University of Nottingham Malaysia recently announced the appointment of Professor Deborah Hall for the role of Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall said that, “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Deborah a world renowned researcher and academic leader. Her biography is a testament to that”.

Professor Hall is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Deputy Director of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (funded 2017-2022) where she leads research projects on measures in clinical trials, tinnitus and translational neuroscience.

Professor Hall graduated from Brunel University in Psychology and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology with Professor Glyn Humphreys and Jane Riddoch at Birmingham University in 1996. She moved to the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham to develop auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), firstly as a postdoctoral research fellow, then as a programme leader where she also held an honorary professor appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham.

In 2009, she left to establish cognitive neuroscience teaching and research in the Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, whilst also leading the tinnitus research group at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit (BRU). Following the successful refunding of the BRU, she joined the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham as Professor of Hearing Sciences and was Director of the BRU from April 2012-March 2017.

Professor Hall was awarded the British Society of Audiology Thomas Simm Littler prize in 2010 for her services to audiology, and the Tonndorf lecture at the 1st World Tinnitus Congress in 2017. She is Chair of the ‘Outcome measurement’ working group of  TINNET (2014-2018) and Training Coordinator of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus (ESIT) Research (2017-2021).

In addition to her role as Vice-Provost, Professor Hall will continue to lead research in the UK as she officially assumes her new role in June 2018. She is succeeding Professor Claire O’Malley, who left the University in December 2017.

“The research we conduct at the Malaysia Campus is ground breaking and addresses various global agendas. We also run research that addresses the many areas which are relevant to Malaysia and we are glad to contribute in that capacity. I am confident that Deborah will be happy to head the research we do here,” Professor Kendall added.

According to Professor Hall, “I'm really looking forward to bringing my skills and experience in building international research partnerships across academic disciplines and across health, industry, and third-sector (charity) organisations to my new role at the Malaysia Campus.Through my continued leadership of research at Nottingham, UK, I also anticipate strengthening those existing links across the two campuses in Malaysia and the UK, as well as developing new ones”.


More information is available from Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager at University of Nottingham Malaysia  on, +6 (03) 8924 8746.

Notes to editorsThe University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. More than 97 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is recognised internationally and it is 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities. 

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Posted on 16th March 2018

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