School appoints new director

The School of Business and Economics is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director. Professor Richard Lamming will officially take up the post at the start of the new academic year, on 1 October 2008.

Professor Lamming is currently Director of the School of Management at Southampton University, a post he has held since January 2004. 

The University recently announced an unprecedented investment programme of £25 million in the School of Business and Economics infrastructure. It also celebrated some excellent results in the recently published league tables. The Guardian placed Exeter 4th for Business and Management with Economics just outside the Top 10. And, in The Independent, Exeter ranked 7th for Business Studies and 11th for Accounting and Finance. This was out of more than 100 institutions nationally.

The School of Business was also the highest ranked Business School in the 2006 and 2007 National Student Surveys, which asked final year undergraduate students at over 140 institutions to rate different aspects of their courses. In the 2007 survey the School's programmes in Management, Accounting, Finance and Business Studies were ranked highest in terms of overall satisfaction.

This year the School has enjoyed a significant rise in student applications, further evidence of its growing reputation. Undergraduate applications for 2008 were +26%, including a 95% rise from international students. Post-graduate taught applications rose by +40%.

Regarding his new role, Professor Lamming commented ‘‘I am delighted to be moving to Exeter at this exciting time and look forward to enhancing the ambitious plans for the Business School which are already in place. I am honoured to have been asked to lead the School through this very significant growth phase: there are clearly great opportunities ahead for staff and students alike.’’

Date: 25 August 2008

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