The University of Stirling has named Professor Sharon Bolton as the new Head of Stirling Management School, enhancing the School’s position as a centre of academic excellence.
Previously Head of the Department of Management at the University of Strathclyde, Professor Bolton joined the University of Stirling last year as Director of Research and Professor of Organisational Analysis within the School.
Commenting on her new post, Professor Bolton said: “Research and scholarship at Stirling Management School is known for being creative, bold and distinctive in the way it challenges current orthodoxies and finds new ways to address a range of dilemmas. It is therefore an exciting prospect to lead such a vibrant scholarly community and build on these existing firm foundations.”
Stirling Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University, with an income of over £15 million, and an academic and support staff base of over 120. The School educates approximately 1,600 students, of which 45 per cent study at postgraduate level.
Renowned for its outstanding research activity, the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) confirmed 85 per cent of the School’s research was of an international level. Research output in retail studies; social marketing; public sector; consumption, markets & cultures; and contemporary workplaces was deemed to be world-leading, while the School’s Accounting and Finance Division was ranked 1st (equal) in Scotland and 5th in the UK.
Welcoming the appointment, Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University said: “Professor Bolton brings to the School specialist knowledge of the sociology of work, as well a breadth of experience from her academic and business background.
“I am confident that, under her leadership, the School’s reputation as a centre of academic excellence will continue to flourish.”