The University of Gloucestershire has announced that five members of staff have received their new title of professor, including Fine Art Photography lecturer and Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham from the School of Art and Design.

Dr Dianne Catherwood, Reader in Psychology, Dr Mark de Ste Croix, Faculty Postgraduate Research Director and Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology, Dr Shelley Saguaro, Head of School (Humanities) and Dr Paul Courtney, Reader in Rural Economy and Society from the Countryside and Community Research Institute now also have the title of professor.

The professorial title is the highest level of recognition of an academic’s work, and is conferred by the University’s Professorial Board. Academics are expected to teach, undertake research, and also contribute to many other activities including consultancy work within and beyond their subject communities. Some also have significant management responsibilities.

Professor David James, Dean of Research, said: “We are delighted to announce these new appointments and recognise the outstanding work of our colleagues. The title recognises individual excellence across a wide range of activities and the basis for the judgements made to confirm this recognition often includes international endorsements. Professors carry significant leadership responsibilities, and work with colleagues in their teams to develop excellence in their work.”

Dr Anne Goodenough, Course Leader in Bioscience, Dr William Large, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Dr Malcolm Maclean, Senior Lecturer in Cultural History, and Dr Iain Robertson, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in History, have been given the title of reader by the University’s Professorial Board.

Reader is a senior academic position given to those who have a distinguished record of research and Dr Goodenough has recently been named as a National Teaching Fellow.

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire