Loughborough University London announces new Associate Dean for Research

Professor for Media and Creative Industries, Jo Tacchi, has been named the new Associate Dean for Research (ADR) for Loughborough University London.

Jo will succeed Professor Ahmet Kondoz and will begin her new role as ADR from 1st December 2017. 
As part of the role, Jo will provide support to the Dean, Professor Mike Caine, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Steve Rothberg, by providing strategic and operational leadership to Loughborough University London’s research activities and ambitions. She will also contribute to the formation and delivery of the University’s research strategy.
As the champion for research-informed teaching, Jo will lead Loughborough University London’s implementation of the University research strategy and preparations for REF, including the delivery of an outstanding research environment with excellence in research quality and support to create research impact.
Jo’s role also involves ensuring that an outstanding doctoral experience is delivered in which arrangements for supervision, progression, completion and career development are effective and have high priority for our research students.
Professor Jo Tacchi is a media anthropologist with a record of research collaboration with academic, commercial, government and community partners. She has led a number of complex, multi-country research projects and developed ethnographic and action research approaches and methodologies that have been taken up globally.
Prior to joining Loughborough University London, Jo was the Director of Research at RMIT Europe in Barcelona. Before that she was the Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne.
She returned to the UK in 2016 and has held the position of Professor in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries since October 2016, where she contributes to the Institute's teaching and research supervision.


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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.