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The publication of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results
saw Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, make a significant advance in its
research profile. Now, three new multidisciplinary research institutes have
been established at the University, providing it with unique strength for
further growing its research base and international reputation.

Three existing members of staff who have outstanding reputations in their
respective research fields and who have made a major contribution to
research activity and leadership at the University have been appointed
directors of the new institutes. Professors Susan Craw, Dorothy
Williams and Cherry Wainwright were all instrumental in leading RAE
submissions in their respective Faculties, which was vital in delivering the
excellent results the University achieved in December.

Formerly Head of the School of Computing and more recently Head of
Research and Graduate Studies for the University’s Faculty of Design &
Technology, Professor Susan Craw (from Alness) will now lead the
Faculty’s research institute. The Institute for Innovation, DEsign and
Sustainability (IDEAS) will build on the Faculty's acknowledged
international excellence in research, exploiting the interfaces between
various disciplines. Professor Craw said: “The wide diversity in the IDEAS
Institute gives us the opportunity to focus on collaborative projects. My
priority will be to create a research environment and culture that
facilitates and encourages this growth and innovation. This institute aims
to live up to its name!”

Professor Cherry Wainwright (originally from Lytham St Annes) will direct
the Institute for Health and Welfare Research, part of the University’s
Faculty of Health and Social Care. Having spent almost six years as a
Faculty Professor and coordinator of the Faculty research activity,
Professor Wainwright is in a great position to drive the quality of health-
related research at RGU forward. She explained, "I am delighted to have
been given the opportunity to lead the research across the Faculty of
Health and Social Care into its next phase of growth. Over the coming
months I will be working hard with Heads of School and academic staff to
establish a programme of multidisciplinary research projects that will be
relevant to both the teaching and research agendas. I aim to have an
Institute that is populated with skilled and enthusiastic researchers who
will continue to build on our successes that contributed to our excellent
performance in RAE2008."

Professor Dorothy Williams (originally from Edinburgh) is to lead Aberdeen
Business School’s Institute for Management, Governance and Society
(IMaGeS). The Institute will draw on proven strengths across a range of
disciplines at the Business School, providing opportunities for new
multidisciplinary research approaches. Professor Williams said: “Our
expectations for even greater growth in research activity are based on a
knowledge of the enthusiasm and hard work that individuals and teams
are already putting into our research. The Institute is starting on a strong
foundation and it will be a real privilege to work with Aberdeen Business
School colleagues as we move into the next stage of our development.”

Professor Peter Robertson, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor
(Research and Commercialisation) added: “These three new institutes will
provide a research focus for staff, research students and external
stakeholders. They will further develop critical mass and excellence in
research activity at RGU. Through the multidisciplinary approach, the
University will have a unique ability to address the real research
challenges facing economy and society in these challenging times.”

ENDS                                                        20 March 2009

Note to editor
Photographs of the three new research institute directors are available on
Katy Jones
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206

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