University of Bradford appoints graduate employability expert
The University of Bradford has appointed Professor Vishanth Weerakkody to help spearhead the development of graduate employability.
Professor Weerakkody will join the School of Management as Professor in Management Information Systems and Governance. He was previously at Brunel University, where he held positions including Director of Work Placements and Undergraduate Studies. He led the ‘Business Life’ Graduate Employability Programme and served on executive and advisory boards.
Prior to his academic career, he worked in a number of multinational organisations, including IBM UK. He has a track record of research and enterprise and has secured numerous research grants from funding bodies such as the European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, and Qatar Foundation. His research and development expertise spans several disciplines including, management decision making, ICT, public administration, social Innovation and process transformation.
He said: “I consider myself a hybrid professional who enjoys multi-tasking and team work and I like dividing my time equally between student experience and research. I constantly draw inspiration from the challenges facing our society to innovate.”
Prof Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, said: “I am delighted that Vishanth will be joining the School of Management, where he will be leading the School’s activities to support all our students in developing their graduate level attributes through a new innovative career development programme.”