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University College of Estate Management appoints new staff

University College of Estate Management appoints Deputy CEO, Deans and Vice Principal

Posted by Hannah Vickers | January 26, 2017 | People

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) - leading provider of supported online learning for Built Environment professionals - today announced the appointment and promotion of five members of its senior leadership team. 

Jane Fawkes – former Vice Principal of Student Services – will work closely with key educational stakeholders and senior management on the strategy and planning of the institution in her new role as Deputy CEO. With 18 years’ experience at the university college, Jane will draw upon her vast knowledge of both the institution and the industry to drive UCEM forward. A large proportion of Jane’s new role will focus on strategy and planning activities, alongside a focus on student retention.  

Jane commented, “To be a significant part of UCEM during an important time of growth and positive change is a great honour. The most important focus for me is to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed through their study with UCEM, to enable them to succeed professionally in the built environment.”

Dr Wendy Finlay has been appointed as Vice Principal of Student Services and joins UCEM with over 12 years’ experience in Higher Education Management. Wendy has had various professional services responsibilities, most recently in her role as Registrar at the Academy of Contemporary Music.

In her new role, Wendy will focus on the student experience within UCEM. She’ll be responsible for all students from the point of initial enquiry through to programme award - encompassing student registration and admissions, student advice, programme administration, assessment administration, disability and wellbeing support and the careers service. 

I cannot wait to build on the excellent work that’s already being carried out at UCEM, and continue to empower students to have a voice in the development and enhancement of their own learning experience - Dr Wendy Finlay, UCEM's new Vice Principal of Student Services

Wendy commented, “I cannot wait to build on the excellent work that’s already being carried out at UCEM, and continue to empower students to have a voice in the development and enhancement of their own learning experience.”

A change to the Senior Leadership team has seen Lynne Downey promoted to Dean, Online Education; focusing on growing and enhancing the online experience for students, and supporting the university’s vision to lead in the provision of online Higher Education.

Aled Williams has also been promoted to the role of Dean, Research, Innovation & Partnerships, ensuring that UCEM continues to develop its research capacity, output and excellence. Additionally, the role will work to increase the focus on sustainability across teaching, research and enterprise activities as well as seeking to have a wider impact on the HE sector, industry and society. 

Following Aled’s move, Nick Moore has been promoted to Dean, Learning and Teaching, responsible for development and delivery of all UCEM academic programmes; ensuring exceptional standards of teaching, coupled with an excellent student experience. 

Ashley Wheaton, Principal at UCEM, commented, “We have made exceptional progress in the areas of online learning, teaching excellence and research - and these promotions and appointments will further strengthen our capabilities and ensure we have the focus and emphasis to truly match our ambitions.”

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