I joined the University as Vice-Chancellor on 1 September 2015. My academic background is in Psychology and I continue to play an active role in research.
Before I came to Derby, I was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London. I had special responsibility for academic provision and quality. I was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students.
I was a Wellcome Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, for over seven years and have studied at the Universities of York and London. I have worked at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute in New York and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.
The University of Derby has over 25,000 students and operates across the county of Derbyshire. We have principal sites in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield and Leek in Staffordshire.
With a turnover reaching £180m and 3,000 employees, the University is both a major institution of higher education and one of the region’s largest employers. We work with a wide range of local and global businesses. Over the last three years, we have seen growth in our student numbers. We have seen an increase in international students studying with us in Derby or with partners in China and Africa among others.