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News Staffordshire University leader named among digital champions

Pro Vice-Chancellor Andrew Proctor makes the shortlist for UK's 'Digital Leader'.

Andrew Proctor is shortlisted for 'Digital Leader'
Image: Andrew Proctor is shortlisted for 'Digital Leader'

It’s an honour to part of the DL100 club and this is fantastic recognition of everything our University is doing to be at the forefront of digital.

Andrew Proctor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital)

Staffordshire University’s Andrew Proctor has been named among a list of champions of digital transformation across the UK.

Digital Leaders, the nationwide programme for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities, has published the finalists who make up this years DL100, and opened the public vote.

Andrew has held the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor (Digital) since 2019 and is the driver of Staffordshire University’s ambition to be the foremost digital institution. He is one of just four leaders working in academia to be included in the independent list and the only higher education representative to be shortlisted in the ‘Digital Leader’ category..

He said: “It’s an honour to part of the DL100 club and this is fantastic recognition of everything our University is doing to be at the forefront of digital. In the last year we have launched Staffordshire University London, our Digital Institute, which specialises in tech courses like Esports and Cybercrime.

“Prior to that we launched a new chatbot for students which is available 24/7 to help with all aspects of their university life. At Staffordshire we pride ourselves on our ability to innovate and being the first UK university to migrate all our systems to the cloud has certainly helped us to move quickly to online learning and remote working in response to the current pandemic.”

The 100 finalists that make up the list will now compete for the public vote in one of 10 categories. The most hotly contested category each year is the Digital Leader of the Year Category which includes Andrew.

Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders, said: "The Digital Leaders 100 list 2020 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies irrespective of size or sector."

The public vote is open until Friday 28th August with the winners announced in October.

Digital Leaders is a community of 120,000 senior leaders are involved in leveraging technology to promote economic growth, increase social well-being and narrow social gaps.The DL100 list is created from nominations submitted by members before being shortlisted by the DL100 judges. This year’s list is the 8th cohort to join the alumni of previous winners that now numbers over 500 leaders from Government, Enterprise, startups and charities.

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