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Posted 17 July 2013

UCD Governing Authority announces appointment of Professor Andrew J Deeks as President elect

The Governing Authority of University College Dublin has today approved the appointment of Professor Andrew J Deeks as President of University College Dublin from January 2014.

Professor Deeks will succeed Dr Hugh Brady, whose ten-year tenure finishes at the end of December 2013.

A graduate in civil engineering from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Professor Deeks joins UCD from Durham University, where he is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science).

Warmly welcoming the appointment of Professor Deeks, Mr Dermot Gallagher, as Chair of the Governing Authority, said: "Andrew Deeks has an impressive track record of leadership roles in the university sector. UCD operates in a competitive international arena and his expertise and knowledge will help us to strengthen our national position while maintaining an active outward-looking focus."

Professor Deeks joined Durham University as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Science in 2009. This faculty covers one third of the university's academic disciplines. During his tenure, Professor Deeks spearheaded the development of Durham's global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil. He is currently Chair of the UK Deans of Science.

Durham University is a top 100 university in both the Times Higher Education 2012 world university rankings and in the QS rankings. The Complete University Guide 2012 ranked Durham in fifth place out of 116 UK Higher Education institutions.

Prior to joining Durham University, Professor Deeks was the Head of the School of Civil & Resource Engineering at the University of Western Australia, Perth, from 2004 to 2009. As Head of School, Professor Deeks created a new model for industry involvement in the school, developed collaborative programmes with Chinese universities, significantly improved the student experience and doubled student numbers. He speaks conversational Mandarin. His strong commitment to students is acknowledged in the number of prizes and awards he holds for teaching excellence and innovation in teaching.

"I am very much looking forward to taking up the role of President of UCD, Ireland's largest university." Professor Deeks said. "UCD plays a unique role in Irish society and economy, and, under the stewardship of Dr Hugh Brady, has made impressive inroads into becoming a truly international university. I will bring ideas and approaches learnt from my experiences in the UK and Australia and blend these with the undoubted ambition and energy I see among the high calibre people at UCD to ensure UCD is recognised throughout Ireland and the world as an international and intercultural place of learning and scholarship of the highest standard, benefiting local, national and global communities."

Professor Deeks is a leading expert in computational mechanics; specifically in the scaled boundary finite element method, which is a semi-analytical approach for solving elastostatic, elastodynamic and allied problems in engineering.

He is also highly respected for his research work in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction. He has authored and co-authored over 160 books, research articles and conference proceedings and has been the recipient of prestigious research grants.


(Produced by UCD University Relations)


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