College of Arts and Law: College Board Members
College Board is responsible for the academic leadership of the College.
Professor Andrew Stockley
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts and Law, Chair
Professor Andrew Stockley joined the University of Birmingham in September 2022 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts and Law.
He was previously the Executive Dean of The City Law School where he was also a member of City, University of London’s Senior Leadership Team and Professor of Constitutional Law and History. He was Dean of the Auckland Law School from 2011 to 2018 and before that was the Senior Tutor and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was also a member of the Oxford Law Faculty. He spent the first part of his academic career as a member of the Law Faculty and then Head of the Law School at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was also Principal of College House, New Zealand's oldest university residential college, for ten years.
Andrew studied for his doctorate in eighteenth-century history at the University of Cambridge and his thesis has been published as Britain and France at the Birth of America. He has also published on a variety of constitutional law issues including the role of the Crown, the courts and judicial independence, and electoral reform.
Professor Helen Abbott
Deputy Head of the College of Arts and Law
Helen Abbott is Deputy Head of College, Arts and Law, at the University of Birmingham. As Deputy Head of College and a member of College Board, she assumes delegated responsibility for specific College activities, committees and initiatives, and deputises on a range of duties across the University. She works closely with the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College, as well as the CAL Director of Operations, on the formulation of College strategy and its implementation, with a particular emphasis on staffing, external partnerships, workload management, EDI, and the College’s involvement with the University’s Dubai campus.
Director of Operations
Rachel has overall responsibility for the leadership of all Professional Services supporting the College. She is responsible for the development of College Services in supporting the College’s strategic objectives in teaching, research and knowledge transfer and working in partnership with the College Academic leadership.
Professor Elaine Fulton
Director of Education
Professor Elaine Fulton is Director of Education for the College of Arts and Law, leading College-wide initiatives to enhance teaching and learning, and placing students at the heart of what we do.
Professor Aleksandra Cavoski
Director of Global Engagement (DoGE)
Aleksandra is CAL College Director of Global Engagement and provides leadership in extending CAL’s global reach and reputation. She is also CAL Sustainability Lead and she is leading a team of academics developing a CAL sustainability module.
Professor Fiona de Londras
Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer
Fiona de Londras is Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the College of Arts and Law. She works closely with heads of research across the College’s five schools, and with the CAL head of research operations, to develop and deliver the College’s research strategy and ambitions.
Professor Warren Barr
Dean of the Law School
Professor Warren Barr joined the University of Birmingham in September 2023 as Dean of the Birmingham Law School. He was previously Head of School of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University, and acting Dean (School of Law and Social Justice) and previously Head of Department (Law) at the University of Liverpool. He has also held many student facing roles during his career, and his contribution to leading learning was recognised in October 2014 by membership as a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).
His research interests include charity law, social housing and property law, and he is co-author of a leading textbook in Equity & Trusts law (with OUP), now published in the 8th edition (2022). Warren is currently vice-Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (CHULS), an Academic Member of the Property Bar Association and Chair of the Modern Studies in Property Law Board.’
Professor Dan Moore
Head of English, Drama and Creative Studies
Professor Dan Moore is Head of the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies, and holds a Chair in English Literature. Dan works in the field of literary and visual modernism, and his latest major publication was Insane Acquaintances (OUP, 2020). Dan has been the past chair of the British Association of Modernist Studies, and is currently the lead editor for the journal Modernist Cultures (EUP). He has previously acted as Head of Education for the School, and currently sits on the University Misconduct Committee
Professor William Purkis
Head of History and Cultures
Professor William Purkis is Head of the School of History and Cultures, which is constituted of the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA), and the Department of History. He is Professor of Medieval History and an expert in medieval religious cultures, with particular interests in the history of crusading and Latin Christian traditions of pilgrimage and monasticism.
Professor Emma Tyler
Head of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Professor Emma Tyler is Head of the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, which is home to the three departments of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, Modern Languages and Music. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the school.
Professor Charlotte Hempel
Head of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
I am Head of the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, a thriving academic community that is home to two Departments: the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Theology and Religion. I have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the School. I am also a member of College Board in the College of Arts and Law as well as the University’s Senior Leadership Forum.
Professor Ruth Gilligan
CAL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Professor Ruth Gilligan is the CAL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead. She is responsible for coordinating EDI initiatives across the College and ensuring EDI concerns are embedded in College Board discussions and decisions. As an award-winning novelist, she was the university's inaugural Professor of Creative Writing; she also works with various storytelling and empathy-building charities such as Narrative 4, Empathy Museum and the National Literacy Trust
Secretary of the Committee: Joanne Keogh (email@example.com)
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