New XJTLU Vice-President of Academic Affairs appointed

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Professor Barry Godfrey will succeed the current Vice-President for Academic Affairs at XJTLU, Professor André Brown, from August 2017.

On his experiences at XJTLU, Professor Brown, who will be returning to Liverpool in August, said: “This has been an outstanding opportunity to be part of the unique venture that is XJTLU. We are not simply the largest joint-venture university in China, we have also contributed significantly to the growth and development of international higher education in China. To be part of managing this ground-breaking growth and development has been a privilege.”

Professor Godfrey will sit on the Senior Management Team at XJTLU for the next three years and will be responsible for academic strategy, as well as all aspects of liaison with the University of Liverpool, including academic standards and quality assurance, academic strategy, and academic staff recruitment and development.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Godfrey said: “I’m delighted to be joining such an energetic and successful venture, and look forward to contributing to the University’s ambition to become a research-led international university, recognised internationally for its unique learning and teaching and research environment.”

Professor Youmin Xi, Executive President at XJTLU, added: "Vice-President of Academic Affairs is a senior leadership role with responsibility for academic strategy as well as daily operations at XJTLU. I would like to thank Professor André Brown for his great contribution to XJTLU since July 2014, and to wish him well as he returns to Liverpool in August.

"Additionally, I would like to welcome Professor Barry Godfrey to the XJTLU Senior Management Team as it leads the University on an new exciting journey, after a first 10 years of wonderful development.”

Barry Godfrey has over twenty years of experience in researching comparative criminology, particularly international crime history, desistence studies, and longitudinal studies of offending.

Barry holds a PhD in Social History, and began his academic career at Keele University, joining in 1995 as a junior lecturer and leaving as Professor of Criminology in 2011. Since joining Liverpool University he has continued his research within the Risk, Security and Crime Research Cluster.

He was also invited to work as a visiting fellow by Humanities Research Centre in Australian National University, University of Tasmania and Centre for Excellence in Policing and Security in Australia.

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