Dr Jason Pandya-Wood has been appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). Dr Pandya-Wood has taken over from Professor Chung-Lim Law, who was the interim Dean of FASS since November 2019.
Beginning his appointment in June 2020, Dr Pandya-Wood is now responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of six schools - Business; Economics; Education; English; Media, Languages & Cultures; Politics; and History & International Relations - the Organisational & Applied Psychology Division, the Centre for Language and Foundation Education, and the General Studies Department.
“I am delighted to be joining this prestigious institution and leading one of South East Asia’s most dynamic and innovative centres for the Arts and Social Sciences,” Dr Pandya-Wood said.
“In unprecedented times, we turn to Arts and Social Sciences to help us better understand the societies we are part of – and to make a positive contribution to their development. I look forward to working with our staff, students, alumni and partners to play our part in addressing the most pressing economic, social, political, technological and moral challenges of our time.
My family and I very much look forward to making Malaysia our new home as soon as we are able to travel,” he said.
Before joining FASS, Dr Pandya-Wood was the Director of External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), where he led the school’s strategy for engagement with local, national and international partners, including Malaysian partners.
Prior to that, Dr Pandya-Wood was the Head of Sociology at NTU and before that, he was with the De Montfort University in Leicester in various academic roles.
Dr Pandya-Wood holds a PhD in Social Policy and has worked extensively on research in applied social science and evaluation projects. His current research is focused on the role of compassion in social policy.
Professor Graham Kendall, CEO and Provost of UNM said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Pandya-Wood to the Nottingham family. We look forward to welcoming him to Malaysia when he is able to travel but, in this new virtual world, I am confident that he will make an impact immediately, albeit from 6,500 miles away from the University of Nottingham Malaysia, but on the doorstep of our UK campus.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Chung Lim Law who has been our interim Dean for the past seven months and has been instrumental in the smooth running of the Faculty.”
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Posted on 4th June 2020