TWO senior figures from Huddersfield University have landed top posts.
Dr Andrew Mycock has been appointed a member of the new Youth Citizenship Commission and Sue Bernhauser, Dean of the School of Human and Health Sciences, has been appointed the new chairman of the Council of Deans of Health.
The council, which has 88 member universities throughout the UK, is the main source of collective views of all matters relating to education and research for nurses and health professionals.
Dr Mycock, a senior lecturer in politics, will be part of a team appointed directly by the Justice Ministry.
They will meet regularly to discuss ways of enabling young people to take an active part in society.
This follows the Governance of Britain Green Paper, published last year, which highlighted the importance of involving young people as citizens.
The Youth Citizenship Commission will focus on people aged 11 to 19. It will examine what citizenship means to them; how to increase young people’s participation in politics; the development of citizenship among disadvantaged groups; and how active citizenship can be promoted through volunteering and community engagement.
Dr Mycock said: “‘I am delighted and honoured to be asked to contribute to the commission.
“Connecting young citizens with their communities and encouraging active citizenship is an important challenge and one I look forward to being involved in.”
Mrs Bernhauser, who is dean to the university’s largest school, is a nurse by profession and qualified in adult and learning disability nursing.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan, said: “I am extremely pleased that Sue Bernhauser has been elected as the new chairman of the Council of Deans.
“This is the key higher education group influencing the education and research agendas for nurses and the health professions.”