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The Social Sciences Division is delighted to announce the appointment from 1 May 2016 of Professor Mark Pollard as Associate Head of Division (Research).

Professor Mark PollardProfessor Pollard is Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA), School of Archaeology. He leads a large research team, investigating archaeological materials, biogeochemical processes, and numerical applications in archaeology and palaeoclimatic reconstruction. Mark has been Director of the RLAHA between 2004-2014 and was Head of the School of Archaeology between 2007-2010. Previously, between 1999-2004, he was Director of Research and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Bradford. He has held an extensive external research grant portfolio over the past 30 years from sources as diverse as NERC, AHRC, British Academy, Wellcome and Leverhulme, and is currently the holder of a 2.5M Euro Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

Speaking of the appointment, Professor Roger Goodman, Head of the Social Sciences Division, said, "Mark’s outstanding record of scholarship at the interface of social sciences with other disciplines and his experience of securing external research funding, plays strongly to our divisional strategic research objectives. I look forward to working alongside Mark when he takes up his post."

Professor Pollard succeeds Professor Sarah Whatmore who completes her term as the first Associate Head of Division (Research) at the end of April. Professor Whatmore has led the development of the division's research strategy (, which seeks to maintain Oxford’s position as a world leader in research and scholarship in the social sciences and to increase the influence of Oxford social sciences research in addressing key societal challenges.

Professor Goodman said, "Amongst the range of initiatives that Sarah has overseen has been the introduction of our divisional incubator themes. These aim to build on Oxford social sciences’ multiple disciplinary strengths, develop our collaborative research capacity in new, cutting-edge research areas and position Oxford social sciences to influence the research agenda of major national and European funding bodies and research policy-makers."

"On behalf of the Division I would like to thank Sarah for her outstanding contribution and leadership during her two years in post."