The University has appointed a new Head of the School of Education and Social Work (ESW).
Professor Brian Hudson will join ESW in November 2012 from the University of Dundee, where he is Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. He is also the founding director of the cross-university Centre for Research and Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Dundee.
Prior to joining Dundee in 2009, Professor Hudson was Professor in Educational Work at Umeå University in Sweden, where he continues as a visiting professor.
From 1987-2006 Professor Hudson worked at Sheffield Hallam University, where he held a personal Chair in Education and during which time he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
He was a secondary school teacher of mathematics for 15 years until moving into teacher education.
His doctorate in Mathematics Education is from Sheffield Hallam; he was awarded his PGCE by the University of Manchester and studied for his undergraduate degree at UMIST.
Professor Hudson’s research interests are in teacher education; mathematics education; and ICT in education. He is associate editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies; chair of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe network; chair of the Publications Committee of the College of Teachers; and director of the project ‘Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Primary Classroom’ (2010-12), funded by the Scottish government.
He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Quality Assurance and Teacher Education: International challenges and expectations. In 2011 he was co-editor of Beyond Fragmentation: Didactics, learning and teaching in Europe.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, chaired the appointment panel. He said: “Professor Brian Hudson is a leading academic in his field, and has already distinguished himself as a research leader at the University of Dundee.
“I am certain that Professor Hudson has the skills to foster continued collaboration across the disciplines within the School, and throughout the University as a whole.
“I am confident that he will find opportunities to enable the School to grow further, both in size and stature.”
Professor Hudson said: “I am delighted to be joining Sussex. I look forward to working with colleagues to build on current strengths and to advance the work of the School across the University, as well as with partners in the wider community at the local, national and international levels.”
Professor Suzy Braye has been Acting Head of ESW since Professor Peter Aggleton moved to the University of New South Wales in December 2011; recruitment began in March 2012 for a new head of school.