Professor Sarah Speight to take up role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University

April 29th, 2024

The university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience Professor Sarah Speight has announced she will be leaving in July to take up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University.

In her new role, Sarah will work closely with the Vice-Chancellor and President, taking responsibility for the development, enhancement and innovation of teaching and learning.

Since 2020, Sarah has been the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, and Professor of Higher Education, leading our strategy to deliver outstanding educational experience for all of our student community.

She has worked collaboratively across the university’s executive team and has overseen a number of strategic leadership policies and activities that have enhanced teaching, curriculum, and the broader student experience.

Professor Speight first joined the University of Nottingham to study her Master of Arts in 1989, which was followed by her PhD, and she has since served as Deputy Head of the School of Education and as Undergraduate Vice-Dean.

She has also taken on the role of as Academic Director for the Transforming Teaching Programme, the Nottingham Advantage Award, and for Online Learning.

Prior to taking up the role of PVC on 1 August 2020, Sarah was Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

Sarah represents our students’ interests at the highest levels in the university and her experience in supporting students, combined with her expertise in higher education pedagogy, have helped to support and further elevate our students’ education and experience.

Sarah is a Professor of Higher Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and both a National Teaching Fellow (2013) and Principal Fellow (2014) of Advance HE.

She is the recipient of a University of Nottingham Lord Dearing Award for excellence in learning and teaching (2006) and a Lord Dearing Fellowship (2011).

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West said: “While I will be sorry to say goodbye to Sarah, I am pleased to congratulate her on this exciting opportunity.

We have been privileged to work with Sarah at the University of Nottingham and I wish her all the very best for the next stage in her career.”

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