Dean appointed for Mauritius Branch Campus

DR. DAVID Poyton, a Reader in Law at Aberystwyth University, has been seconded to head a Branch Campus of the University in Mauritius. Teaching at the branch campus commences on 16 October 2015 – a landmark date in the history of Aberystwyth University, which opened its doors for the first time on 16 October 1872.

David-Poyton-1-webAs founding Dean, Dr. Poyton will be responsible for the establishment, operation and development of the campus as well as its academic portfolio and engagement with the Mauritian and international communities. It is a role that he said he is looking forward to carrying out, whilst also highlighting an “ambition to see a significant increase in the global market presence of Aberystwyth University”, which he believes will be helpful in the international development of the University.

At the Mauritius campus the academic programmes proposed for the 2015/16 academic year include: BSc degrees in Accounting and Finance; Business Finance; Business Management; Management with Law, Computing and LLB degrees in, Law and Themed Law Degrees. At postgraduate level, MScs in International Business and Advanced Computer Science will also be delivered at the campus.

Dr. Poyton has a long relationship with the University having graduated from its Department of Law and Criminology with a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws, and a PhD on the application of legal principles and concepts to electronic commerce transactions. Following his academic career at the University in 1999, Dr. Poyton started working for the University as a Tutor in the Department of Law and Criminology and the School of Management and Business. He hopes to draw upon this experience in his role of Dean to help cultivate a first class learning experience for the students.