New VC plans to make Staffordshire the connected University

I'm aware that there has been a lot of positive work to help the region play to its key strengths and it is my intention that Staffordshire University is a key driver and that we are well connected in the city and county.

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor

Staffordshire University's new Vice-Chancellor has spoken of her intent to work with civic leaders, education partners and industry to drive the region's success.

Today (April 1) Professor Liz Barnes takes up her position as Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, succeeding Professor Michael Gunn who retired last month.

Professor Barnes, who lives in Staffordshire, was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and has worked in leadership roles at the University of Derby and Teesside University.

She said: “I'm a product of Staffordshire and have a strong understanding and commitment for the region. Staffordshire University has an important role to play in helping to build a bright future for our students and in developing our talented professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs.”

“Although my priority over the coming months is getting a thorough understanding of the University and helping to develop a new strategic vision, this will be informed by my meetings with important stakeholders from schools, colleges and industry as well as our MPs and city and county leaders.”

“I'm aware that there has been a lot of positive work to help the region play to its key strengths and it is my intention that Staffordshire University is a key driver and that we are well connected in the city and county.”

Chair of the Board of Governors, David Gage said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Professor Barnes and have every confidence in her ability to lead the University through the next exciting phase in its development.”

“We are investing £46 million in developing our main Stoke-on-Trent campus and Centres of Healthcare Excellence at Stafford and Shrewsbury – all of which helps us to face the future with renewed confidence and enthusiasm which we hope to instil in our community of staff and students.”

Professor Barnes has a busy first month to look forward to which includes travel to Barcelona where she is providing a keynote speech on digital innovation at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit.

Liz will also be meeting with members of Staffordshire's business community Future Finest and presiding over a number of events held at the University including the launch of a Forensic Partnership Project and community events to Celebrate Ceramics and 50 Years of Computing.

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