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Professor Janet Godsell appointed Dean of Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics

Professor Janet Godsell has been appointed as the new Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics.

Professor Janet Godsell

Currently Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick, she will take up her new role in September 2021.

Professor Godsell's career has been split between both industry and academia. She joined WMG in October 2013 following a position as Reader at Cranfield University School of Management. She has advised government and industry on supply chain strategy and its relationship to industrial and business strategy, has served on numerous advisory boards, and is currently a member of the Made Smarter Expert Panel and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Advisory Group.

As well as academic success, Professor Godsell has held many senior positions in industry. Her career began with a role at ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and following this she worked up to senior management level at Dyson, in both supply chain and operations management functions. Whilst at Dyson she undertook a number of operational and process improvement roles within R&D, customer logistics, purchasing, and manufacturing. Professor Godsell is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IMechE.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Godsell said: “I want to make a difference to the world and work best in environments of change. Whether this is transforming the performance of a factory, a supply chain, my research group or my Directorate. 

“I am really excited to join Loughborough University and the School of Business and Economics, especially at such an exciting time with a new University strategy imminent and to work with colleagues to make a great School into one that is truly excellent. One that is an integral part of the University and challenges its students and staff to make a difference to the world."

Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, added: “We are delighted that Professor Godsell will be joining us in this role. Her experience in both industry and academia will bring real benefit to the School. I have no doubt that Professor Godsell’s vision, enthusiasm and knowledge will be incredibly valuable both in the role as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and across the wider University.”

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 21/71

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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