New Head of School appointments in Arts Humanities and Cultures

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures has appointed two new Heads of Schools.

Professors Kristyn Gorton (left) and Hazel Hutchison (right) will join us in August

Profile pictures of Professors Kristyn Gorton and Hazel Hutchison. Uploaded April 2021.

Professor Kristyn Gorton joins Leeds from the University of York as the new Head of the School of Media and Communication and Professor of Film and Television.   

Her research interests are in the concepts of emotion and affect, feminist theory, the construction of resilience on screen, and the history of British television.      

She said “I am pleased to be taking up the role of Head of School in the University of Leeds.    

“Media and Communication is a very strong School with an excellent International reputation. I look forward to building on the School’s strengths and working with students and colleagues in the School, the Faculty and across the University.”   

Professor Hazel Hutchison has been appointed as the new Head of the School of English, and joins us from the University of Aberdeen.    

She is a specialist in American Literature, with particular interests in the writing of the First World War and the work of Henry James.  

She said: “I am delighted to be coming to the School of English as Head of School. I am looking forward to joining so many talented teachers, writers and researchers, and to spending time getting to know both colleagues and students.    

“This is an exciting time to be part of the University of Leeds as it looks ahead, and as we work together to shape learning and have creative impact for the future.”    

Professor Andrew Thorpe, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, said: “In Kristyn and Hazel, we have secured outstanding leaders to work with colleagues to help the Schools emerge from the pandemic and to take them forward.    

“They have the experience, knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in developing high-quality disciplinary and inter-disciplinary activity in a truly inclusive manner, and I am very much looking forward to working with them.   

“Considerable thanks are due to both Professor Bethany Klein and Professor Andrew Warnes, who have done such a good job as Interim Heads of their respective schools in a particularly demanding year.”  

Professor Gorton and Professor Hutchison will take up their posts on 1 August 2021. 


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