Professor Tony Edwards appointed as Dean of Loughborough University London

Professor Tony Edwards has been appointed as the Dean of Loughborough University London. He will take up the role in August 2019.

Professor Tony Edwards is currently Director of Loughborough University London’s Institute for International Management. He joined the University in 2017 from King's College London, where he was Head of the School of Management and Business.

Professor Edwards is globally-recognised within the sphere of international management. His research centres on international and comparative employment relations, with a focus on multinational companies.

Some of his most recent high-profile research projects include the largest and most comprehensive survey of employment policy and practice among multinational corporations (MNCs) in the UK; an analysis of the roles of individuals in the international integration of MNCs; and an investigation into the human resource consequences of international mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Edwards has a track record of attracting high-profile research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Union and its agencies and from a range of practitioner bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has worked with a range of international organisations during the last two decades, and is currently working with a consortium of firms on the issue of how ‘globalizing actors’ create and disseminate norms across borders.

Professor Edwards is a member of the editorial board for the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Human Resource Management Journal, and a member of the international advisory board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University between 2001 and 2008, and is currently an Associate Fellow at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work at the University of Montreal and the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University.

Of his appointment as Dean, Professor Edwards said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the next phase of the University’s presence in London.

“During the next few years we have great potential to build stronger links with universities internationally, embed ourselves more fully into the vibrant and diverse context of London, enhance our interdisciplinarity in novel ways and to create the best postgraduate student experience in London.”

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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.