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Professor Sue Welburn, Chair of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, appointed as Executive Dean of the ZJE Institute



The appointment of Professor Sue Welburn as Executive Dean of Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute was formally announced today, on March 14th, 2017. There was a brief but formal inaugural ceremony for Professor Sue Welburn. Professor Yonghua Song, Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University, Professor Yibin Ying, Vice President of Zhejiang University, and Professor K. C. Ting, Vice Dean of International Campus attended this event. Professor Ying delivered a welcome speech and expressed his great expectation. Professor Michael Shipston, Dean of Biomedical Science of University of Edinburgh (UoE), introduced Professor Susan Welburn to the faculty, staff and students of the institute. Professor Song presented Professor Sue the letter of appointment and welcomed her to create a brighter future for the International Campus together.


Sue has worked at the University of Edinburgh since 2000. She graduated with a BSc from the University of the West of England in 1984, and gained a PhD at the University of Bristol in 1991, where she also started her academic career at the Tsetse Research Laboratories. Sue is Professor of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, and is the Founding Director of the Global Health Academy ( Sue has held senior management positions at The University of Edinburgh, firstly as Assistant Principal for Global Health and subsequently Vice Principal for Global Access. Sue is also a Fellow of several prestigious UK Royal Societies, including the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Biology and The Royal Society of Edinburgh.


In her academic career, Sue has pursued a strong commitment to research focusing on interventions for disease control in the Global South, with on-going projects in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia and Zanzibar. Her research has resulted in over 195 published works including 153 original research papers, 31 peer refereed reviews and 11 book chapters arising from more than £30 million in research support. Sue also has a strong commitment to the career development of young scientists. She has supervised 49 PhD and 4 MSc research students from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, working on all aspects of Zoonotic disease management. In recognition of her work on the development of research-led distance learning master’s programmes, Sue was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 2011 by HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of UoE.


Traveling with Professor Shipston and Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Assistant Principal Researcher Development of UoE, Sue first visited the International Campus in Haining in January 2017. On that trip, she met the leaders of the International Campus and was warmly welcomed by the ZJE administrative team. On 14 March 2017, Professor Welburn took office as Executive Dean of ZJE Institute and officially met ZJE students. Her first act as Executive Dean was to present a lecture to ZJE students in the "Global Challenges" course. This course consists of a series of lectures aiming to equip our students with a global outlook and the skills to address global issues., The lectures are open to all.