Professor Deborah Hall

August 9, 2018, by Deborah Hall

A personal introduction from Professor Deborah Hall

In this blog post, Professor Deborah Hall introduces herself as the University’s new Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange).

A month has passed by since I first arrived here at the university to take up my new position as Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange).

Meeting many of you at the research workshops in May with Professor Dame Jessica Corner was a particularly informative and enlightening experience. Your comments highlighted both the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead. I very much look forward to strategically driving the research and knowledge exchange agendas and in defining Malaysia’s role in the University’s Global Strategy post-2020. I look forward to your engagement in this process, and I will be ‘out and about’ meeting external stakeholders and organisations to get their input too.

In particular, I’m keen to hear your views and thoughts on how we can propel the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s research to the next level and to play a prominent role in defining our organisation as a world-leading, world-changing, research-led University. I also want to explore how we can build on our current Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and develop and sustain new and existing relationships with both SMEs, other corporate and Foundation contacts.

Following the UK approach, I will be looking to set up regular communications which will allow for the sharing of news, success stories, current and future opportunities, and emerging challenges — so together we can celebrate these successes, work on the challenges, and grasp the opportunities.

It is truly an exciting time to be in Malaysia… overnight the election result has swept us all into a new era. But there are also some uncertainties ahead. The new Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik, has outlined a clear vision for greater autonomy, innovation and community involvement from the university sector. While these are already well-recognized pillars here at the University of Nottingham, we cannot sit back and rest on our laurels as the other universities catch up. We need to keep one eye ahead and one eye behind.

Working together we can overcome these challenges, take the opportunities and continue to strive to ensure we put research excellence and our industry partnerships at the heart of what we do, attract the best and most passionate researchers and staff to live and work at The University of Nottingham, and continue to invest in our infrastructure and environment. This will ensure that we as an institution are ready to tackle today and tomorrow’s global challenges and achieve our research ambitions on the international stage.

Finally, I would like to thank all of those staff and students whom I have met so far at various events in making me feel so welcomed in joining this wonderful campus.

I look forward to working with you all.

Professor Deborah Hall, Vice-Provost (Research & Knowledge Exchange)

About Deborah Hall

Deborah has over 20 years’ experience in higher education. She has many collaborators across the world and has published over 120 journal articles with an h-index of 41 (Google Scholar). Deborah has studied and worked at some of the UK’s best universities including Brunel University; Birmingham University, and Nottingham Trent University. Deborah has been a member of staff at the University of Nottingham since 2012, and for six years was the Director of a prestigious translational hearing research centre funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Deborah Hall currently has an 80/20 split contract at the University of Nottingham. For most of her time she is based at the Malaysia campus as Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange), where she is seconded until June 2022. The remaining time is spent supporting her “Measures for clinical trials” research team in the UK based at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. This Centre is a partnership between the University of Nottingham and the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust where Deborah holds an honorary contract.

Deborah was awarded the British Society of Audiology Thomas Simm Littler prize in 2010 for her services to audiology; and the Tonndorf lecture prize in 2017 for her services to tinnitus research. She was Chair of the ‘Outcome measurement’ working group of TINNET (2014-2018)  ( and is currently a partner for two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks  European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus (ESIT) Research (2017-2021); and the Tinnitus Assessment Causes Treatments (TIN-ACT) (2018-2022). She is also Section Editor for the international journal ‘Hearing Research’ published by Elsevier.

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