Professor Elizabeth Barnes

Vice Chancellor

Executive Office

Liz has been our Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive since April 2016, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University and Derby University after a long career at Teesside University.

As a leading provider of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Staffordshire University has a strong connection with businesses across the region. Throughout her career, Liz has built connections with employers and industry working in partnership to provide vocationally relevant courses and upskill the workforce. With an academic background in physiology she worked closely with the NHS, developing new ways of working and qualification frameworks. Subsequently she has led on significant developments with law enforcement agencies.

Liz’s career has been built around leading learning and teaching and the student experience, with a passion for creative and innovative approaches to enhance the student journey and their achievements. With a passion for digital technologies and how they can be used to transform the workplace and the learner’s experience, she recently joined the JISC Board.

Committed to education and young people, Liz is a member of four Multi-Academy Trusts in the Region. Having recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Opportunity Area Partnership Board, she also believes it is important that education and employers are seen to be working jointly in endeavours to improve the life chances of young people in Stoke-on-Trent.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020