Appointment of new Provost and DVC – Professor Jane Norman


August 18th, 2022

Professor Jane Norman has been appointed Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for the University of Nottingham, taking up her role from 1 December 2022.

A former Consultant Obstetrician, Professor Norman is currently Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bristol.

As DVC, she will lead operational planning and academic resources across the University and support the Vice-Chancellor in providing strategic leadership for the University.

She will line manage the five Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors and work with the Provosts of the University’s campuses in China and Malaysia to ensure a joined-up approach to our global operations.

She will also work with the Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and for Education and Student Experience to maintain and extend our delivery of world changing research, excellent teaching and outstanding student experience.

Professor Norman began her career in Scotland where, after graduating from the University of Edinburgh, she became a Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health and Consultant Obstetrician for NHS Lothian. Her research focusses on the pregnancy “stressors” of obesity, maternal depression, inflammation and hypoxia, which are largely responsible for the clinical conditions of gestational diabetes, preterm birth and stillbirth, and developing preventive and therapeutic strategies to address these clinical problems.

In 2014 she was appointed Vice Principal of People and Culture at Edinburgh. In that role she supported a culture of high performance in learning and teaching, transforming the student experience as a result. She also led on improvements to the university experience for those with disabilities.

More recently at Bristol she has optimised the performance of the Faculty of Health Sciences – contributing to a rise in all league table rankings, improvements in REF performance, increased student satisfaction and major investment through new research collaborations.

Announcing the appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said: “I am delighted to welcome Jane to Nottingham. I have every confidence her knowledge and expertise will help in the delivery of our strategic aims for world-leading research, excellence in teaching and an outstanding student experience, which is so critical to the University’s development and the success of our wider region.”

Professor Norman said: “I am thrilled to be joining the University of Nottingham, with its outstanding reputation for education and research. I look forward to meeting more staff and students in the very near future and hearing their views on how we can best deliver the new strategy.”

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