Dean Fiona Bids Farewell to Derby

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Date posted: 23 April 2010

One of the University of Derby's original academics is leaving to begin a new role at Birmingham City University.

Fiona Church - currently Dean of the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law (BCL) - began her career at Derby in autumn 1992, just as it officially changed from being Derby College of Higher Education to the University of Derby.

She joined the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer in Law and over 18 years has held a number of roles within its Law and Business sections including Head of Subject for Law and Assistant Dean. Fiona was appointed Dean of BCL in December, 2006. Her area of expertise is in employment law.

Now Fiona is to leave the University in September (2010) to join Birmingham City University as Executive Dean for its Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences.

Birmingham City University has one of the country's top Schools of Education, as well as a high profile Law school and respected Social Sciences department.

Fiona said: "I've very much enjoyed my time here at Derby. The University and my own academic career have developed side by side. I will miss my colleagues and the students here.

"I've had some great experiences at Derby. I've been the stern 'Dean', heading the panel for Derby's student business contest 'The Entrepreneur; delivered two tongue-in-cheek annual Christmas Law lectures, including one to decide whether Santa was 'naughty or nice'; and attended graduation ceremonies at partner colleges in other countries, including Africa.

"I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role at Birmingham City University."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: "Fiona will be a great loss to the University. She is an exceptional Dean and colleague.

"We can understand the excitement and challenge of a bigger role in a similar institution, and are delighted for Fiona. We will give her every support as she takes up her new role."

Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University said: "Fiona is an accomplished employment law specialist and from her experience gained in education within her current role, and from previous experience of working in education based Faculties, Fiona will prove to be an excellent appointment."

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