THE Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has appointed Lucy Meredith as its new deputy vice-chancellor.

Dr Meredith joined the University on March 1, 2018, having previously held the position of Dean of Computing Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales.

She is a leading environmental health academic having specific interests in environmental health, environmental microbiology, food safety and public health engineering, as well as professional skills development.

She has held a range of external examining positions and has maintained her research interests through supervision of MSc and PhD students.

Dr Meredith said: “I am delighted to take up the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the RAU which has a key role in developing highly skilled, adaptable and creative graduates to work in the post-Brexit land-based and agriculture sectors.

“I have extensive experience of academic leadership at a variety of levels and I am passionate about working with staff and students to co-create an excellent working and learning environment at the RAU.”

Dr Meredith’s outside interests include mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and sailing.

Professor Joanna Price, vice-chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University, said: “Dr Meredith will be part of a new senior team recruited to lead a programme of transformational change at the RAU to enhance the student experience and improve teaching quality. Lucy’s experience of academic leadership and change management will be invaluable.”