Black Sister Network member Dr Elizabeth Opara, who is an Associate Professor at Kingston University has been promoted to Head of the Department of Applied and Human Sciences.
The Department is home to a number of programmes – Biological Sciences, Forensic Science, Nutrition (Human Nutrition), Nutrition (Exercise and Health), Sport Science and Sport Science (Coaching).
Dr Opara’s new role will focus primarily on enhancing the student experience in the department through effective leadership in consultation and collaboration with the Head of School and other departmental heads.
In enhancing the student experience, there is a strong emphasis on responsibility for enhancing teaching quality by ensuring that staff maintain their subject expertise through research and practice.
The role carries with it management of around 20 academic staff at various levels from lecturer to professor and the management of operational activities.
Dr Opara has previously questioned the lack of Black women in STEM careers and is aware of the need for greater representation, especially at senior levels. Commenting on her promotion, Dr Opara said:
“When this opportunity arose, I believed I had a responsibility to go for it not just for my own personal fulfilment but because the profile of academic staff needs to begin to truly reflect the diversity that HE constantly celebrates but which does not exist when it comes to senior roles.
“In my new role I am very much looking forward to providing the department with leadership and strategic direction.”