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St Mary’s Appoints New Dean of Business and Law

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham has today announced the appointment of Dr Sara Spear at its new Dean of Business and Law.

Sara will be the University’s first Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law following its recent creation to take forward the growth of the disciplines at the University. She has worked in academic and leadership roles for over a decade and is currently the Head of the School of Management in the Faculty of Business and Law at Anglia Ruskin University responsible for 1,500 on-campus and 1,000 off campus students.

She was previously Associate Head of Department for the Marketing, Events and Tourism group at the University of the West of England and, before that, a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Portsmouth.

Sara brings a strong personal research background, which focuses on corporate communication and reputation management, particularly exploring organisational stories and their impact on organisation members. Sara's current research centres on the use of marketing for social good, and especially within educational settings.

Her recent research projects have included exploring academics' experiences of working with students with mental health problems in universities, enhancing physical activity culture in primary schools, improving parental engagement culture in special schools, and choices in end-of-life care.

Speaking of Sara’s appointment, St Mary’s Vice-Chancellor Anthony McClaran said, “We are delighted that Sara has decided to join us at St Mary’s to lead our newly formed Faculty of Business and Law. She brings with her a wealth of academic and leadership experience, and I look forward to seeing the Faculty grow in the years to come under her stewardship.”

Dr Sara Spear said, “I am happy to be joining St Mary’s at this exciting time in its history. I’m looking forward to meeting my faculty colleagues in the coming months and delivering a brilliant experience for our students and enhance our research culture.”

Sara will be joining St Mary’s in November, taking over from interim Head of Department and Strategic Lead Prof Karen Sanders.

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