Dr Yvonne Moogan has been appointed as the new director at the Hull University Business School.
Dr Moogan, who studied economics at Hull in 1986, was the first person in her family to attend university, and said she was attracted to the city by its “beautiful campus and friendly open day”.
Since then, Dr Moogan has worked at a number of universities across the country – most recently, as associate professor of online business education and director of apprenticeship programmes at the University of Leeds.
Speaking about her new appointment, Dr Moogan said she was delighted to have “gone full circle and come back home”.
She said: “The University of Hull is a place very close to my heart. I first entered Hull in 1986 to study a degree in economics, being the first person from my family and school to attend university.
“I chose Hull because of the course and the beautiful campus, and the open day was also one of the friendliest I had attended. My first year was spent in the Lawns in Cottingham, cycling daily to the campus.
“Having worked in a variety of educational environments since 1991, I am fortunate to have gained experience within public and private sector institutions across the higher education sector, as well as spending five years in the further education sector with 16 to 19-year-old students delivering vocational courses.
“Having left a Russell Group university in a very large business school to join HUBS, I am ready for the challenges that this strategic role will bring with it.”
Dr Moogan’s previous roles have included director of postgraduate programmes at Liverpool John Moores University, director of MBA and executive programmes at Salford Business School, and associate dean for research in the private sector of Kaplan Financial.
A passionate supporter of widening participation at higher education level, Dr Moogan has also volunteered her time to work with disadvantaged pupils, entering local schools and colleges and supporting outreach programmes.
“My ambition is to grow diversity and internationalisation within the Hull University Business School, but also to further improve student experience and engagement with the region’s business community.
“I want to bring all of my energy to the business school, ensuring it is well recognised in UK rankings as a double-accredited school with colleagues delivering strong programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
“Personally, developing the widening participation strategy further, and creating more apprenticeship programmes so that local people can benefit, is my aim for the future.”
Dr Moogan has published 11 peer-reviewed articles in her career to date, as well as two peer-reviewed book chapters.
She joins the business school as it was ranked as one of the top 2% in the world after securing re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
It demonstrates the Hull University Business School’s efforts to provide the highest-calibre teaching, curriculum and student interaction opportunities, with a focus on adapting the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of organisations both in the UK and globally.
The school aims to equip managers and business professionals with all the skills they need to succeed in a fast-changing and interconnected world.