Press Release

15 September 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University is to start the new academic year by welcoming a host of leading professionals to their Kent and Medway campuses as Visiting Professors.

Jonathan Church talking with Performing Arts students at UCF
Jonathan Church talking with Performing Arts students at UCF

From Minimally Invasive Surgery to Performing Arts and Cybercrime Forensics, the new appointments will give Christ Church students a great insight into, and experience of, the professional world.

The new Visiting Professors include: Jonathan Church, award-winning British stage director with a notable career in the arts. His career includes Artistic Director of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and since 2006 the Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre. Jonathan will lecture on the University’s Performing Arts course.

John Macgregor, with an extensive diplomatic career, will join the University as Visiting Professor of International Relations. He has served as First Secretary Political in New Dehli, was Private Secretary to the Minister of State in Central and Eastern Europe and was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna, as well as being the British Ambassador to Poland and Austria.

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and former Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council, is to become Visiting Professor of Public Administration. Mark has an extraordinary wealth of experience in leading public service organisations.

Nigel Jones MBE, has been appointed Visiting Professor of Cybercrime Forensics. Nigel’s long and distinguished career in investigating major commercial fraud and computer crime led him to become the UK police representative on high tech crime to the G8 and being invited by Interpol in 2009 to provide expert advice on international IT forensics investigations.

Matin Sheriff, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Medway Maritime Hospital, and Gillingham surgeon Anan Shetty will become Visiting Professors of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Matin is an Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon at Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Hospital, and founder and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Teaching Institute Kent.

Anan specialises in major trauma, limb reconstruction and knee surgery and is recognised as one of the leading experts on computer navigation and minimally invasive knee surgery.

Honorary Fellow David Flood will become Visiting Professor of Church Musicianship. David is a talented international musician, a former Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral as well as Co-Director, International Children’s Choirs Festival, Canterbury and London.

Other Visiting Professors include: Geert Duysters (Entrepreneurship & Innovation); Sally Hardy (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies); Jeff Hyman (Human Resource Management); Kim Manley (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies); Tanya McCance (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies); Kenneth Walsh (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies); and  Val Wilson (Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies).

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college




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