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Celebrating Newman with double appointment.

Newman was delighted to announce the appointment of two new professors in recognition of their extensive research work.

Prof Yahya Nakeeb, director of research, and Prof Stan Tucker, head of school of community and professional development, were both successfully appointed to personal chairs.

With more than 25 years experience of working at various institutions both nationally and internationally, Prof Nakeeb's research interest spans across several areas including sports science, physical education, psychology and education, with a specific focus on children's health and fitness and the psycho-physiological aspects of physical activity.

The main strand of Prof Tucker's work has been in the field of child and youth studies and one of the key areas underpinning his research activity has been the need to challenge the ways in which the lives of children and young people are perceived within society.

This recognition of two senior academics for being important contributors to the development of knowledge within their respective fields, has helped raise the profile of Newman as a research institution.

Fellowship award honour

Prof Yahya Nakeeb was successfully awarded a Leadership Foundation Fellowship to enable him to undertake a leadership project that would be of significant value to the higher education community.

The award was one of only 25 such national fellowships.

Support from the Higher Education Leadership Foundation has enabled Newman to provide a model for coherent development of research and scholarship within what has traditionally been a teaching focused institution.

Prof Nakeeb presented the findings and outcomes of his project at the Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), held at the University of Edinburgh.

By offering these Fellowship awards the Leadership Foundation is taking an active role in ensuring that leadership, governance and management within UK Higher Education institutions is regarded as world-class.

Newman was one of many institutions in competition for the award, which was offered for the first time in 2005.


Prof Stan Tucker, head of school of community and professional development, was appointed to personal chair
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Date:Jan 15, 2008
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