New Head of College announced

The University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce that, following a rigorous interview process involving an extremely strong field of candidates, Professor April McMahon is to be appointed as the next Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science.

April McMahon

Professor April McMahon

Professor McMahon is currently Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) in the College, a post she has held since August 2006.

Born in Edinburgh and brought up in the Scottish Borders, Professor McMahon is an alumna of the University having studied for both her MA in English Language and Linguistics and her PhD in English Language at Edinburgh. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

April returned to Edinburgh in January 2005, moving from the University of Sheffield where she was Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Head of the School of English.

I am very much looking forward to the challenges of my new role and to working with so many excellent colleagues and students across the College and the University.

Professor McMahon

The College of Humanities and Social Science

Professor McMahon will assume responsibility for leadership of the University’s largest and most diverse College comprising 10 Schools and some 13,000 students. She will take up post on 1 August 2008.

I am truly delighted to announce the appointment of Professor April McMahon as Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science. April is a highly-respected colleague who brings with her a wealth of experience and skills relevant to the post. I do not doubt that she will make an excellent Head of College and I look forward very much to working with her in that role.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor