Professor Brigid Heywood (second from right) is welcomed to Massey University by Professor Cynthia White (obscured), Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, Robin Knuth, who will be Professor Heywood’s executive assistant, Bruce White, and Manawatu campus senior Maori adviser Jacob Tapiata.
New research head welcomed
Professor Brigid Heywood received a mihi whakatau (Māori welcome) to the University today, her first as Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research).
The mihi (welcome address) to Professor Hayward was given by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mäori and Pasifika) Professor Sir Mason Durie and response made by Manawatu campus senior Maori adviser Jacob Tapiata.
Professor Heywood will lead the team responsible for development and implementation of research strategies, policies and standards and delivering the research and scholarship objectives within the framework of the University's Road to 2020 strategy.
Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey said he was delighted to welcome her. “Massey has a long research tradition, beginning with Geoffrey Peren, and we continue to produce research that helps shape the future,” he said. “We are lucky to have found an extraordinary person to help continue that tradition.”
Mr Maharey also paid tribute to School of Language Studies head Professor Cynthia White and her husband, College Liaison Librarian Bruce White, for being instrumental in bringing Professor Heywood to the University.
Professor Heywood said there were many similarities between her recent role at England’s Open University and the one she was to begin. “Both are built on the concept of providing wide participation in education,” she said. “I have a passion for education its ability to service the community.”
Professor Heywood has been the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at The Open University, based in Milton Keynes, since 2005. She held the same role at Keele University in Staffordshire from 2003-05, where she was previously Head of the Chemistry Department (1997-99), Head of the School of Chemistry and Physics (1999-02) and Director of the Office of Research and Enterprise in 2002.