Staffordshire announces key appoints

New senior staff to drive Staffordshire University?s connected strategy

Staffordshire University has welcomed the appointment of senior staff who are committed to delivering the new University strategy to be ‘a great connected regional university’.

The University has this week confirmed a number of appointments to its executive team who will work alongside Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes and Chief Operating Officer Ian Blachford on the next exciting chapter in the University’s development.

They are:

Professor Martin Jones – Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Martin is currently working as Director of White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.  He will start with the University on 1st May 2017.

Professor Ieuan Ellis – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships & Region).  Ieuan starts with the University today, Tuesday 3rd January 2017. He previously worked as Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University. 

Sue Reece – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience). Sue has been working as an Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University for the last few months and has previously worked as Pro Vice-Chancellor at York St John University.

Rob Fekete – Chief Financial Officer Rob is currently Director of Finance at Aston University. Rob will start with the University on Monday 20th March 2017.

Professor Liz Barnes said: “We are confident that these new appointments will make a significant contribution to the University’s success and strengthen its position as we look to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The University announced in September that it would be entering into consultation with staff on a proposed new academic structure.

Restructuring its academic provision is now nearing completion and the University has created six new schools to represent its most successful and relevant subjects. They are Computing and Digital Technologies;  Life Sciences and Education; Business, Leadership and Economics; Law Policing and Forensics; Creative Arts and Engineering; Healthand Social Care. 

Appointments to the new Deans roles will be announced in the near future. Liz Barnes added: “The appointment of Deans to the new Academic Schools leadership structure marks the transition to the new ways of working. Together we are committed to offering the best learning and teaching that today’s students and businesses demand and provide a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce for our region.” 

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