Thank you | Professor Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins, Professor of Animal Science and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, will be leaving the University in October.

Image showing Professor Lisa Collins on campus

Lisa, who is taking up a new role at the University of Surrey, joined the University in 2017 and we’d like to thank her for the excellent contribution she has made to the University in this time.  

During her six years, Lisa has led pan-University strategic initiatives, including as Academic Director of the National Pig Centre and Deputy Director of the Global Food and Environment Institute. 

Professor Karen Birch, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences said: “Whilst this is a huge loss to the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the rise to Pro-Vice-Chancellor is no surprise and exceedingly well deserved.  

“Lisa is currently the Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Biological Sciences and was previously Head of the School of Biology. She is a Professor of Animal Science, where her research focuses on the development and application of smarter agricultural systems through multi-disciplinary approaches including technology development, systems modelling and data analytics.  

“As Executive Dean I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lisa and, indeed learnt so much from her. I am very grateful for all of her support and her invaluable vision and leadership of an integrated innovation and research future.  

“The University, the Faculty and the School of Biology will miss her incredibly, although she will be back as a visiting researcher. Lisa starts at Surrey in November, and we wish her the best for a very bright future as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor.”    

In light of her outstanding track record as a researcher, Lisa has been recognised for her contribution to research with fellowships to the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and Royal Statistical Society (FRSS). 

Lisa has long experience of being part of funding bodies’ decision-making committees. She has served as a member of two of the five Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) committees, BBSRC's Animal Welfare Research Network, and co-chair of UKRI’s Transforming Food Production call panel.  

She has been a panel member for a range of funding and centre for doctoral training calls related to animal welfare and food production, artificial intelligence, as well as being a panel member for the Flexible Talent and Mobility Awards. 

Lisa will join the University of Surrey’s Executive Board in the Autumn in the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation. 

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