Warwick University’s Council appointed Professor Koen Lamberts as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Thursday 23 February in the wake of Mark Smith’s departure from the post.
Professor Lamberts will take up the position immediately, which has been vacant since Smith’s departure in December 2011.
Lamberts has already represented the Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift at a number of national and international events, including conferences in Japan, Australia and Brazil.
In addition, he was one of the key academic leaders of the University who played an active role in the creation of the recent partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, which has attracted some controversy.
“I feel honoured that the University’s Council has chosen to appoint me as Warwick’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor,” Lamberts said. “This is a critical, but also exciting, time to take on such a role.
“In 2015, Warwick will celebrate its 50th birthday and much is planned for our University in the run-up to those celebrations. For instance, we have begun a three year programme of work that will see around £10 million invested in our student learning experience.”
Lamberts has been working for the University since 1998. He is a cognitive psychologist, with a background in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory. His research has won prizes from both the Experimental Psychology Society and British Psychological Society.
He also has extensive managerial experience. He served as Head of the Department of Psychology between the years 2000 and 2008 and chair of the Science Faculty between 2007 and 2010.
In 2010 he took up the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and has been the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Resourcing since November 2011.
Beyond the University, Lamberts’ roles have also involved leading the establishment of Warwick’s Global Priorities Programme in order to promote emerging strategic research areas with a focus on multi and inter-disciplinary research.