Dr Alison Chambers is to succeed leading nurse academic Professor David Sines as pro vice chancellor and executive dean of Buckinghamshire New University’s faculty of society and health.
The new appointment will be effective from 1 April 2014, following the retirement of Professor Sines at the end of March.
Dr Chambers will be leaving her current post as dean of academic development and employability at the University of Central Lancashire.
In the north west she is credited with pioneering inter-professional foundation degree programmes that have led to the introduction of new support roles and skill-mixing within the health professions.
Initially trained as a chartered physiotherapist, she specialised in neurological and older person rehabilitation before becoming a lecturer at the University of Salford in 1998.
Dr Chambers said: “I am focused upon placing service users and carers at the centre of what we do. I am excited by the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and look forward to working with colleagues to identify our key priorities.”
Professor Ruth Farwell, vice chancellor of Bucks New University, added: “Alison is exceptionally well-placed to take the faculty forward in the next stage of its development as a prominent player in the health and social care sector.”
Professor Sines has been in post since August 2009. He was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in the Queen’s birthday honours List in 2010.
Bucks New was awarded university status in June 2007, though it can trace its origins through educational establishments dating back to 1893.