Professor Husbands is currently Vice Provost (Academic Development and London) and Director of the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL). He will take up the appointment in January 2016 when the current Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones retires.
Professor Husbands has been at the Institute of Education for eight years, where he has overall responsibility for academic careers, reward and development, equality and diversity across UCL.
Geoff Dawson, Chair of the Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam said: ‘Professor Husbands’ appointment comes at an exciting time for our University as we look to the future. His excellent experience of academic and institutional leadership will help us shape a strong future for Sheffield Hallam and all of those who benefit from our work.
‘I would also like to offer my continued gratitude and support to our current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, who will very much continue to lead us with his well-known drive and enthusiasm until the end of the year. His vision and dedication over the past eight years have delivered strong institutional performances in research, teaching, student recruitment and satisfaction – achievements we can be rightly proud of.’
After completing his first degree in history and doctorate in geography at the University of Cambridge, Professor Husbands qualified as a teacher in London, before spending six years teaching in Norwich and Hertfordshire.
He has previously been Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick; Professor of Research in Education and Dean of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia; and Director of the National Evaluation of Children’s Trusts for the Department for Education and Skills. He has extensive national experience in education policy and a global research and consultancy profile.
Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Husbands said: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed to lead Sheffield Hallam: it is a University which has achieved striking success in recent years, with exciting prospects for the future. I look forward to working with governors, staff and students across the University, as well as partners across the region, to build on the solid foundations which have been laid and to realise its potential for the future.’â€¨