Former King's student Professor Jane Elliott (KC 1984) has been appointed Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Minister for Universities and Science Greg Clark announced the appointment on 25 July, saying: "I am very pleased to welcome Professor Elliott as the new Chief Executive of the ESRC. She brings to the post a range of strengths including an impressive track record in academia which will be key to her keeping ESRC at the forefront of world-class social science."
The ESRC is one one the seven UK research councils, and it provides funding and support for research and training in social and economic sciences. Part of its remit is to fund postgraduate training.
Professor Elliott studied Mathematics and Social and Political Sciences at King's and is currently Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is also Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).
She described her appointment as "a wonderful opportunity to help maintain the excellence of our research and ensure that, wherever possible, the results of our work have a beneficial and tangible impact on people’s lives."
She takes up her new position in October. For details of the announcement see the ESRC website.