Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Quality Affairs.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Mariann has responsibility for enhancing the quality of the University’s academic provision and oversees all aspects of learning and teaching, including compliance with external requirements. She works closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Staff Development to enhance the student experience.
She has worked at Brunel as an academic since 1995, most recently holding the post of Deputy Head of the School of Health Sciences and Social Care (Learning and Teaching). Previously, as Head of Biosciences, she led the development of new undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, recruited staff with excellent research credentials and oversaw major refurbishment projects to build new teaching and research laboratories – creating a highly successful subject area within the University.
Mariann has also contributed to Brunel’s wider academic community, including as Chair of the University’s Academic Appeals Committee, member of Senate and Council, and Committee for Academic Staff Promotion. This experience, together with teaching and supervision of students at all levels, has given her an excellent understanding of the University.
Mariann originally joined Brunel as a Research Fellow in 1991. Her research focused on fish endocrinology, specifically the physiological roles of a new hormone discovered and characterised during her postdoctoral periods in Norway and Japan. This research led to ongoing collaboration with Professor John Sumpter of the Institute for the Environment, and currently they are exploring the risks and impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on aquatic organisms, funded by BBSRC and industry. Mariann also has an interest in the endocrine and cytotoxic activities of plants, and is currently working in collaboration with the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) and other colleagues in Biosciences, to isolate the chemicals present in specific plants responsible for their observed anti-cancer properties.
Mariann has an international reputation in her area of expertise. She has acted as a specialist grant panel member for the Norwegian Research Council (2007-2009) and external examiner for national and international research degree examinations. She has published papers in leading international journals, and been an Editorial Board member for General and Comparative Endocrinology since 1998. Mariann will continue her research activities, including supervision of PhD students.