Date of release: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 Professor Andrew Westby 

Medway professor Andrew Westby has been appointed a Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor within the University of Greenwich. In his new role he will support research and enterprise activities across the university.

Based at the Medway Campus, in Chatham Maritime, he will also continue as Director of the university's Natural Resources Institute (NRI). The organisation carries out research, consultancy and training to support food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries, with a particular focus on Africa.

NRI has received national and international acclaim for its work. Its projects to transform the lives of thousands of the poorest farmers in Africa through education, investment and training have also seen the Institute win prestigious Times Higher Education and Guardian University Awards in the past year.

Professor Westby has worked in Medway for more than 25 years. A world expert on tropical roots and tubers, he is also the university's Professor of Food Technology.

He says: "I am excited about my involvement in leading research and enterprise at the University. Greenwich has an exciting future as an ambitious university with many opportunities for research and enterprise activities to both enrich the experience and skills of our students and make a wider contribution to society."

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, adds: "Andrew will bring experience and expertise to the role, and has a key role to play in ensuring that the university continues to thrive in all its activities."

He began his academic career as a food scientist and microbiologist, joining the Natural Resources Institute as a research scientist in 1987. His pioneering work promoting food security in the developing world played an important part in helping the university to win a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education in 2000.

NRI has built an extensive network of partnerships in the developing world and collaborates with a range of academic and research institutions, non-governmental organisations and government and aid agencies, including the UK Department for International Development, the European Commission, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Picture: Professor Andrew Westby.