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UEA appoints three leading academics as Heads of School

The University of East Anglia has appointed three leading academics as new Heads of School ahead of the new academic year.

Professor Gerard Parr joins UEA as Head of the School of Computing Sciences from the School of Computing & Information Engineering at University of Ulster, where he held the full Chair in Telecommunications Engineering.

He is a highly-regarded academic who has attracted several million pounds of research funding over his career and advised governments on the allocation of funding to large-scale projects worth more than £2.5 billion.  A significant amount of his funding has been from companies in the ICT sector and UK Research Councils.

He holds a PhD in Self Stabilising Protocols and his areas of research include wireless sensor clouds, disaster response communications, big data event management, safety management protocols for UAVs, delay-sensitive protocols and energy-aware autonomic networking for sensor-clouds and edge computing. His academic research collaborations span the globe and he has extensive experience of working with the Middle East and developing economies.


Professor Jonathan Dickens is Professor of Social Work and has been appointed Head of the School of Social Work at UEA.

He has been at UEA since 1998, becoming Professor in 2014. He is a qualified social worker and, before joining UEA, worked as a community worker in Peterborough, social worker and child care legal adviser in London and social work trainer and consultant in Romania.

His research interests are in the interaction of social work, law and social policy, particularly in care proceedings and for children in care. He is the author of numerous research papers and reports and also two social work text books: Social Work and Social Policy: An Introduction (2nd ed, 2016) and Social Work, Law and Ethics (2013).


Professor Richard Andrews has been appointed Head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA.

He was previously Head of Educational Studies at the University of York from 2002-06 and joined the Institute of Education (IOE) in London in 2007 as Professor of English. He was Dean of the Faculty of Children and Learning at IOE from 2010-13, and then moved to Anglia Ruskin University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation before joining UEA in 2016.

His research interests are in argumentation, rhetoric and poetics, and writing development. His most recent book is A Prosody of Free Verse: explorations in rhythm (New York: Routledge).