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50th Anniversary Chairs

The University of Bradford has appointed 10 Chairs to build on our academic success and mark our 50th anniversary.

The new Chairs, all outstanding academics who have achieved distinction in their fields, are responsible for advancing their subjects nationally and internationally and contributing to driving forward the University as an international centre of excellence.

Ann Cunliffe

Professor of Organisational Studies

Ann Cunliffe spent 20 years working with institutions in the USA, holding positions at the University of New Mexico, California State University, and the University of New Hampshire, before returning to the UK.

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Mohamed El-Tanini

Professor of Molecular Oncology and Cancer Therapeutics

Mohamed El-Tanani was previously Professor of Molecular Oncology and Cancer Therapeutics at Queen’s University Belfast. He has also held appointments at the University of Liverpool, Alexandria University Hospital, Egypt and King Khalid Hospital, Saudi Arabia.

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Jackie Ford

Professor of Leadership

Jackie Ford is 50th Anniversary Chair: Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies at University of Bradford School of Management. She has held Professorial roles since 2008 at the Universities of Leeds and Bradford.

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Vince Gaffney

Professor of Landscape Archaeology

Professor Gaffney is one of the lead researchers on the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, which recently discovered the remains of a major prehistoric stone monument, Durrington Walls, less than 3km from Stonehenge.

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Marian Gheorghe

Professor of Software Engineering and Computational Models

Professor Gheorghe obtained his PhD and BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Bucharest. He has taught extensively topics in core Computer Science - data structures and algorithms, compiler construction, formal languages and automata, discrete mathematics, different programming language concepts - and Software Engineering - software analysis and design, group projects, software testing.

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Yakun Guo

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Before taking the current post at Bradford, Yakun was a Postdoctoral Associate at Dundee University and a Reader at Aberdeen University. He has twenty years experience in environmental hydraulics, numerical simulation of turbulent flows, flow-structure-interaction, marine renewable energy and coastal and estuary hydrodynamics and sediment transport. 

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Allan Kellehear

Professor of End of Life Care

Professor Allan Kellehear is a medical and public health sociologist with interests in death, dying and end of life care. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Tahir Khan

Professor of Materials Engineering

Tahir Khan received his PhD (1992) and Sc.D (2013) from the University of Cambridge and has been working in Higher Education since 1995. He has held academic appointments at Brunel University (UK) and University of Calgary (Canada) where he was Professor of Materials Engineering since 2007. He was seconded to the University of Qatar in 2012 where took up an invited Qatar Petroleum Chair within the Faculty of Engineering.

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Francesco Menotti

Professor of Archaeology

Professor Menotti's main area of research is Later European prehistory, encompassing in particular wetland archaeology and lacustrine settlements in the Late Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age. More specifically, he is interested in the archaeology of semi-complex societies, settlement analyses, operation of socio-economic systems and their impact on settlement patterns, landscape studies on cultural change and population displacement due to climatic variation, regional and inter-regional interaction, migration, acculturation and ancient networks of trade and exchange.

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Richard Morgan

Professor of Molecular Oncology

Previously Senior Lecturer in Molecular Oncology at the University of Surrey, research scientist at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, the Hubrecht Laboratory for Developmental Biology, Utrecht, and the National Institute for Medical Research, London.

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Martin Priest

Professor of Tribology

Previously Professor of Engineering Tribology at the University of Leeds, Martin Priest has been involved in the education of undergraduate and Master’s engineering students as a faculty member since 1996, holding several leadership roles including Director of Learning and Teaching for Mechanical Engineering.

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