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New Vice-Principal for Arts & Sciences at King's

Posted on 16/10/2012

King’s College London is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Evelyn Welch as Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences) and Professor of Renaissance Studies, with effect from 1 January 2013.

Professor Welch joins King’s from Queen Mary, University of London where she is Vice-Principal for Research and International Affairs. She has a distinguished track record in university leadership and is recognised as a high profile voice in her areas of research expertise.

She joined Queen Mary as Professor of Renaissance Studies in 2004 and became Dean for the Faculty of Arts in 2006 with a remit to deliver a high quality student and staff experience. She has been Vice-Principal for Research and International Affairs since 2010. As the first post-holder, she has developed Queen Mary’s research and international strategies.

Professor Welch has been instrumental in enhancing Queen Mary’s international reputation and has this year taken part in delegations to Brazil, Turkey and China. She has collaborated with colleagues at Queen Mary to develop new international programmes.

As Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences) at King’s, Professor Welch will bring wide experience across the disciplines. At the University of Sussex she was Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning and led on the reform of the University’s Science Curriculum. Between 2007-12 she led the £5 million Arts & Humanities Research Council's (AHRC) strategic programme, Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images, Objects, which brought together a wide range of disciplinary teams from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Computing. Her own research interests focus on material culture, early modern consumption and the social and economic dynamics of fashion in Europe between 1500 and 1700. She is currently conducting an investigation into medicine and perfuming practices in sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy.

Professor Welch said: ‘I am delighted to be joining King’s College London as Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences). I am a great admirer of the College’s long-standing reputation for research excellence and its commitment to its students. I look forward to working with the Principal’s Central Team and King’s Schools and staff in the Arts & Sciences to ensure that we deliver an outstanding student experience and first-rate research that contributes to society’s global needs.’ 

Professor Welch is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Among many distinguished affiliations she holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the Victoria and Albert Museum and held the Theo Crosby Fellowship at The Globe Theatre in 2011. She has published widely, producing ‘Shopping in the Renaissance. Consumer Cultures in Italy 1350-1600’ published by Yale University Press and ‘Art and Society in Italy from 1350-1500’ (OUP, 1997). Professor Welch has won both the Wolfson History Prize and a National Teaching Fellowship. She is a fluent Italian and French speaker.

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s, said: 'I am extremely pleased that Evelyn Welch will be joining the King's senior team as Vice-Principal for the College's Arts & Sciences Schools, which together enrol half of its students and include a very large number of its active researchers.  Professor Welch, with her outstanding record in research, teaching and academic leadership, will do much to assist these Schools in enhancing their already high academic standing.'

Notes to Editors

The Arts & Sciences at King’s comprise four academic Schools: Arts & Humanities; Natural & Mathematical Sciences; Social Sciences & Public Policy; and The Dickson Poon School of Law.

There are around 700 academic members of staff across Arts & Sciences and 12,497 students, of which 6,056 are postgraduate students.

Professor Welch is available for interview. Please contact Anna Mitchell, PR Manager (Arts & Sciences) on 0207 848 3092.

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