Head of Interpol to stand down

PROFESSOR Mike Foley, the Head of the Department of International Politics, is to stand down at the end of September, we can exclusively reveal.

Foley, who has run the department following a spell as Acting Head in 2009, has accepted “an invitation from the Vice Chancellor to take on a leadership role in a number of areas”.

According to a University spokesperson, these include “undertaking a review of best practice in interdisciplinary postgraduate taught programmes” and the establishment of a joint international research centre with Xiamen University.

The news comes the day after the University released a summary of responses to their consultation on plans for academic reorganisation, which will see the University’s academic departments join together to form “Institutes”, headed by Directors. Today’s publication suggested that the recruitment process for Directors will begin in November.

According to the University, Foley has also “expressed a wish to explore development of Continuous Professional Development or Executive Education programmes for the Department of International Politics, for instance involving the Department’s well-established Crisis Games”.

Speaking of Professor Foley’s decision, Vice-Chancellor April McMahon said Foley had played a “vital role in stabilising the affairs of the Department; setting a clear direction for teaching, research and outreach; and reviewing the portfolio of postgraduate offerings so that Interpol continues to play a key role in delivering the University’s central priorities”.

“It is thanks to his leadership and clarity of argumentation for new and replacement posts that a group of excellent new colleagues will be joining Interpol in the coming year.”

“I would like to thank Professor Foley for his wise and excellent leadership and for his willingness to change his own plans to take forward a series of projects which are important to the success of both the Department and the University and for which he is uniquely well-qualified to do”.

An Acting Head will be appointed to run the department following a meeting of the University’s Council on 24th September.