Professor Juston Waring

New Dean of Loughborough’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities appointed

Professor Justin Waring has been appointed as the new Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Professor Waring is a world-leading medical sociologist with expertise in the implementation of strategic change in health and care systems.  

He is currently based at the University of Birmingham as Professor of Medical Sociology, and due to join Loughborough in November 2024. 

Professor Waring is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science and the Royal Society of Arts, and Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Rapid Evaluation Centre (BRACE). BRACE provides decision makers and stakeholders with time-critical evidence and learning about new ways of organising and providing care. 

He has previously held positions at the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham and University of Gothenburg, and has longstanding collaborations with researchers at the University of Toronto and University of California, Berkeley.

Speaking about his appointment, Professor Waring said: “I am thrilled to be joining the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at this exciting time in the University’s continued progress in creating better futures, together. 

“The school will play a pivotal and collaborative role in responding to the climate emergency, in fostering more inclusive and vibrant communities, and in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our regional, national and international communities.” 

Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings, added: “We are delighted to appoint Professor Waring as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a world-leading expert in his field and has significant leadership experience. I look forward to welcoming him to the University.” 

Notes for editors

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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 and named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2024 QS World University Rankings – the eighth year running. 

Loughborough is ranked 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2025, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2024 and 10th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. 

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.