New academic vows to take Lincoln global

The University of Lincoln is welcoming a new Deputy Vice Chancellor, keen on taking the university’s reputation global.

Professor Ieuan Owen is an experienced academic, researcher and university manager with a background of developing overseas relations.

Professor Owen will join the university in March 2011 from the University of Liverpool, where he helped set up a campus in Suzhou, China.

He said: “A major feature of a modern university is its international profile, and where better than Lincoln, an iconic English cathedral city, to create an international environment that will not only support the undergraduate, postgraduate and research activity at the university.

“I am greatly looking forward to working with the University, its staff and students, to fulfil our ambitions.”

Professor Owen has been in mechanical engineering for 27 years, after graduating from the University of Wales with a Bachelor and PhD in the field.

His interest is in fluid mechanics and heat transfer and has published 120 peer-reviewed papers.

He was the Dean of Faculty in Engineering at the University of Liverpool until 2008, after starting there as a professor in 1997.

The work has taken him around the world to places such as China, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor Professor Mary Stuart said: “I am delighted that Ieuan will be joining us in March.

“His vast overseas experience will help us take Lincoln to the next level in terms of our global ambitions.

“Promoting academic debate that is globally relevant and locally useful, developing partnerships with universities in other parts of the world […] will help enrich our understanding of a rapidly changing world.”

Source: University of Lincoln