Professor George Talbot has been appointed Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Edge Hill University.
An expert on modern Italy, he has joined the institution from the University of Hull, where he held the position of Dean of Arts and Sciences for six years.
The father-of-two started his career at Dublin City University as a researcher. After gaining his professorship in Italian, he quickly climbed the career ladder and held the position of Head of Modern Languages for a number of years before becoming Dean of Arts and Social Sciences.
Professor Talbot is particularly looking forward to the new challenges he faces at the rapidly growing Edge Hill University, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education’s Award for the UK’s University of the Year 2010 for the second time in three years.
He said: “Edge Hill University is a very exciting place to be at present. It has such a fantastic campus, in a rural setting yet only half an hour away from central Liverpool. Although it is currently celebrating its 125th institutional anniversary, it is a very modern university which has climbed up the league tables very rapidly in the last few years.
“I think we have a unique opportunity to do lots of innovative things here, in these uncertain financial times. The UK higher education landscape will be very different indeed in five years’ time. I think with its nationally-recognised commitment to excellence through inclusion, its very impressive programme of investment in facilities and people and its spirit of innovation, that Edge Hill is well-placed to weather the storm which is about to descend on the public sector. I want to play a part in building on the success achieved here to date and to help enhance the University’s reputation even further.
“I have plans to build up the research culture of the faculty and take the international agenda to new levels by forming partnerships abroad that will diversify the University’s population while never losing sight of the core mission which is to provide students with the best learning experience we possibly can.”
Professor Talbot has a number of initiatives in the pipeline but said the one aspect he is most looking forward to is “working with the very wide range of colleagues in this Faculty of Arts and Sciences to explore the best ways to unlock their creativity in ways which play to our strengths and enhance Edge Hill’s ]growing reputation.”