New Dean for Canterbury Christ Church University

06 August 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes its new Dean for the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Professor Callum Firth.

New Dean for Canterbury Christ Church University

Professor Callum Firth

Professor Firth was previously Head of the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton where he held the role since 2002. Prior to this, Professor Firth was Head of the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Brunel University and has held posts at the West London Institute and Keele University.

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Firth to our University.

Professor Firth brings extensive experience in academic leadership and strategic management, as well as an established international research profile in coastal geomorphology and environmental change. We wish Professor Firth every success in his new role.”

As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Professor Firth obtained his doctorate in Environmental and Earth Science from Coventry University, having previously completed his undergraduate studies in Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

As Dean, Professor Firth will be a member of the Senior Management Team and will be responsible for the Schools of Human and Life Sciences; Law, Criminal Justice and Computing; Psychology, Politics and Sociology; and the Business School. He will also be the institutional lead for the University’s Broadstairs Campus.

Professor Firth commented: “I am very pleased to be joining an institution which is focused on providing an excellent student experience as well as delivering high quality research and supporting the community. I look forward to working with staff and students in the Faculty to deliver their ambitious plans.”

Notes to Editor

Professor Firth’s research interests lie in: coastal geomorphology (the study of the natural and physical features of the surface of the earth and how they are arranged); sea level change; neotectonics (the study of the motions and deformations of the Earth’s crust); environmental hazards and Human Evolution. 

Professor Firth’s staff profile can be viewed here:

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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