University of Manchester announces next Vice-President and Dean of Humanities

Professor Fiona Devine has been appointed Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. She will succeed Professor Keith Brown when he steps down from the role at the end of academic year 2022/23.  As a Vice-President, she will also join The University of Manchester’s Senior Leadership Team.

This appointment follows an extensive and inclusive international search with representatives from the Faculty, Academic and Professional Services, Senate, the Students’ Union and the Board, involved at various stages.

Professor Devine is currently Head of Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), a role she has held for the last 10 years. She has been a member of the Faculty of Humanities Leadership team and was formerly Head of the School of Social Sciences which has also seen much success.

AMBS has developed an internationally renowned reputation under Professor Devine’s leadership, delivering world-class research and teaching. She has successfully guided AMBS through many significant milestones, including the move to new premises on Booth Street West. The recruitment of a new Head for AMBS is currently underway.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester said:  ‘The role as Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities has generated an exceptional field of candidates, both external and internal.

‘After a very competitive process, Fiona Devine was the agreed candidate to take on this significant role and she will help to continue to shape the future of a Faculty which is absolutely at the heart of the University’s success. I am delighted that Fiona has agreed to take on this role.’

Professor Fiona Devine said: ‘It is a privilege to be selected as the next Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities starting in Summer 2023, succeeding Professor Keith Brown after 13 years in his role. Keith has done a fantastic job and I look forward to working with the Faculty Leadership Team on the new opportunities and challenges ahead.’