UW announces first Personal Chair of collaborative centre

Posted on 9 July 2010

Professor Christina Cunliffe

We are delighted to announce that Professor Christina Cunliffe, Principal of McTimoney Chropractic College in Abingdon, has been awarded the first University of Wales Personal Chair in one of our Collaborative Centres.

The University’s Academic Board recently gave approval to proposals from its Validation Board to establish the granting of Readerships and Personal Chairs of the University of Wales to members of staff at our collaborative centres.

The candidates’ suitability was then considered by a formal Appointing Committee of the University of Wales. To be awarded our Personal Chair, the candidate had to be a full-time member of staff engaged in teaching University of Wales schemes at a collaborative partner institution which has been validated by the University for at least 10 years. Candidates also had to demonstrate excellent international standing in a range of areas including research, teaching, curriculum design, professional standing and academic management.

Professor Christina Cunliffe was honoured due to her excellent work in Higher Education over a number of years. She obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester, and is a graduate of the McTimoney Chiropractic College in Abingdon. A member of the General Chiropractic Council, she sits on its Education Committee and is Chair of the Resource Management Committee. Professor Cunliffe is also a Fellow of the College of Chiropractors, and currently holds the position of Treasurer on the College Council. She has been the Principal of the McTimoney Chiropractic College based in Abingdon, a University of Wales Collaborative Partner Institution, since 1998. She is also a visiting lecturer at Oxford, Warwick and Oxford Brookes Universities and maintains her Chiropractic practice in Oxfordshire.

Professor Nigel Palastanga, the University of Wales’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, explained the significance of a University of Wales Personal Chair:

“The awarding of a Personal Chair to a member of staff by any university is a recognition of their international academic standing. Christina Cunliffe is the first member of staff in one of our collaborative centres to gain such an accolade from the University of Wales and we are very happy to award our Personal Chair to such a renowned academic.”

Professor Cunliffe added:

“I am delighted to receive this honour from such a well respected university, which can only serve to enhance the place of chiropractic practice within the academic community.”


Notes to Editors:

To learn more about the University of Wales, please visit: www.wales.ac.uk
For press and media information, please contact Tom Barrett, University of Wales Communications Officer: t.barrett@wales.ac.uk


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