Chester University appoints new vice-chancellor

Prof Simmons is currently deputy vice-chancellor at Nottingham Trent University and takes on her new role in January 2020

The University of Chester has appointed Prof Eunice Simmons as its next vice-chancellor.

Currently deputy vice-chancellor at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Prof Simmons will take up her new post in January 2020.

Simmons said of her appointment: “Chester’s values and its educational heritage and ambition resonate strongly with me and I am eager to help the university grow its offer to students and increase its impact in the region and beyond.”

In her current role at NTU, Simmons is responsible for the student journey and has been credited with creating an award-winning student experience. NTU has won three consecutive University of the Year titles and a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) gold award. The university has also improved its league table position, rising to 12th on the Guardian’s 2020 university guide.

Chester’s values and its educational heritage and ambition resonate strongly with me – Prof Eunice Simmons

Simmons has received a Green Gown award for her leadership of community and environmental projects, including chairing the North West’s regional forestry framework steering group.

In her new role, she is particularly keen to champion the development of online and degree apprenticeships at Chester.

She started her career as a secondary school science teacher, before completing an MSc, PhD and finally a professorship in sustainable environments. She has previously worked at Imperial College, University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria.

She will continue in her roles as trustee and board member of Advance HE and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC).


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