Prof Bunting takes over the University’s leadership from Prof Ruth Farwell CBE who retired at the end of January. She joins Bucks from the University of Portsmouth where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Prof Bunting said on her first day in the new role: “My first task will be to meet the University’s staff, students and external colleagues, and from there I can begin to consider the University’s priorities for the coming years.”â€¨â€¨
As a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Widening Participation and Student Opportunity Committee, and Chair of HEFCE’s Widening Participation Review Group, Prof Bunting shares the values of the University and has a firm commitment to social equality and diversity.
Prof Bunting graduated from the University of Cambridge with an English degree and started her career teaching in London comprehensive schools, transferring to higher education as a senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton. â€¨â€¨
She later became Dean of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and Pro-Rector at The University of Northampton, and from there she moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2004 as Pro Vice Chancellor and was promoted in 2007 to Deputy Vice Chancellor. Prof Bunting is also a board director of The Higher Education Academy (HEA).