Published date: January 21st 2021 at 9:19am

Arden University has appointed Dilshad Sheikh (CMgr CCMI) to the role of Dean of the Faculty of Business.  

Arden University has appointed Dilshad Sheikh (CMgr CCMI) to the role of Dean of the Faculty of Business.  

The appointment marks the university’s first Dean and Dilshad brings an impressive 20 years of experience as an academic in the Higher Education sector.

Dilshad- whose most recent role was Dean of the Business School at University College Birmingham (UCB) - will build on Arden’s existing portfolio of business and healthcare management programmes, providing academic leadership and leading on the creation of the university’s planned new schools. 

She said: “I feel very privileged to be joining the Arden family as the first Dean of Faculty (Business). I am very grateful to be given this exciting opportunity to build and develop a new faculty from scratch. My ambition is to ensure that we continue to grow, develop and enhance as well as ensure that every learner in the faculty has an outstanding student experience and is supported to achieve their full potential and aspirations.”

Arden University has had an impressive year of growth, despite the Covid pandemic, and has seen student numbers grow steadily to more than 12,000.

Professor Carl Lygo, Arden University’s Vice-Chancellor and CEO said: “Even in an unprecedented year, as a university we are proud that we are continuing to innovate and grow while providing the best teaching for our students. This year we have created new Schools within the University and Dilshad brings a wealth of experience to lead the first Faculty of Business.  Whilst many universities are experiencing significant financial difficulties, redundancies and re-structuring we have found our unique blended of digital learning is very attractive to students and employers.  It is a mark of how far the university has travelled since first being formed in 2015. I am delighted to welcome exceptional people such as Dilshad and we are committed to attracting and retaining the very best talent."

Dilshad is a CMI Companion and chairs the combined West Midlands and North West CMI regional board and is aiming to equip individuals from all backgrounds with the skills to achieve personal ambition and positively impact communities with opportunities for life-long learning.  

The news comes as Arden’s Dr. Alison Watson has been appointed to the role of Head of the School of Leadership and Management. Alison joined Arden University in 2014 and will report to Dilshad. 

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