New Interim Dean of the Doctoral College

Confirming the appointment of Associate Professor Allan Kilner-Johnson as interim Dean of the Doctoral College, the Provost Tim Dunne writes: “Allan is well known to DC staff given his current role as Associate Dean for the Doctoral College in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

“Allan is a widely-published specialist in the psychoanalytic implications of narrative experimentation in modernist literature and has been Associate Dean (Doctoral College) for FASS since 2019.

“During this time, he has led several major initiatives both within FASS and through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships, and he has built a considerable external profile through his thought leadership in researcher wellbeing and development.”

Commenting on his appointment, Allan said: “I am incredibly excited to be working with colleagues from across the University to continue our commitment to delivering outstanding doctoral training and ensuring that our postgraduate and early career researchers thrive in a dynamic and supportive research environment where they can challenge themselves to create new knowledge in impactful ways.

“Developing the researchers of the future is a fundamental component of our University, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play an active role alongside many talented and inspirational colleagues in helping to deliver it.”

Allan’s tenure as interim Dean will continue until August 2023, by which time it is anticipated that the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation will be in post.