Professor Kate Jeffery appointed Head of School of Psychology & Neuroscience

The University is delighted to welcome Professor Kate Jeffery as Head of the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, with effect from 1st September 2022.

Professor Jeffery joins the University of Glasgow from University College London, where she is currently Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Director of the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, and Vice-Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences.

An expert in the hippocampus region of the brain, Professor Jeffery studies the “cognitive map”, the part of the brain which underlies our sense of place and direction, as well as being used to organise memories of life experiences. Professor Jeffery is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Professor Iain McInnes, University of Glasgow Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, said: “I am delighted that Professor Jeffery will join us as Head of the School of Psychology & Neuroscience. Professor Jeffery brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise. I am sure colleagues across the University will join me in wishing her a warm welcome, and in supporting her in her new role.”

Professor Jeffery said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, and helping to maintain and extend its world-leading research, teaching and innovation profile. Linking the mind and the brain has been a lifelong passion of mine, and so I am excited to participate in the development of this school.

“The global challenges we currently face mean that understanding human behaviour has become more important than ever before. Our research will contribute to this understanding, and our teaching and innovation will help equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills to deploy it to the benefit of humanity. It is an honour to be chosen to lead this enterprise and I am looking forward to working with colleagues in this important endeavour."

First published: 26 August 2022