A new dean has been appointed for Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology. Professor Martin McGinnity has joined from the University of Ulster, where he was Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.
The School of Science and Technology – based at the university’s Clifton Campus – is a multidisciplinary environment for learning, teaching and research. It specialises in physics, mathematics, biosciences, chemistry, forensic science, sports science and computing and technology.
While at Ulster Professor McGinnity led the establishment of the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and oversaw its development into one of the most research-intensive schools in the university. He also founded the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, of which he was director, and ensured its progression into a leading, multidisciplinary research unit.
His own research focuses on computational intelligence and computational systems – specifically in relation to cognitive robotics and computation neuroscience. He has a strong interest in innovations in teaching, and has previously attracted substantial funding to support implementation of technology assisted learning in higher education. He has authored or co-authored about 300 academic papers.
Professor McGinnity has been awarded both a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship and a Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to research and teaching. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
He received a first class honours degree in physics in 1975 and a PhD four years later.
The science and technology facilities at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus have seen millions of pounds of investment over the last few years, including the development of a Natural Science Research facility, the Trent Astronomical Observatory and the new Rosalind Franklin Laboratory.
Professor McGinnity said: “I am delighted to be joining the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University. I have been attracted and impressed by its strong commitment to excellence in multidisciplinary teaching and research and I look forward to assisting it as it strives for the next phase of its exciting developments.
“There are tremendous opportunities for the School to extend its portfolio of high quality courses and to deliver further research recognised as excellent on the international stage.”
Professor Nasser Sherkat, the associate dean of the School of Science and Technology, was previously Acting Dean.