Edge Hill University Vice Chancellor
Edge Hill University Vice Chancellor
Edge Hill University has appointed a new Pro Vice-Chancellor to its directorate team.
Lynda Brady is responsible for the student experience and for further enhancing a joined up approach across academic and support services.
She joined Edge Hill after spending the past 12 years at the Open University (the OU) in a variety of roles. Between 2005 and 2011 she was Regional Director for the OU in the North West leading the team responsible for supporting the OU’s 25,000 students studying in the region.
From 2011 onwards Lynda was Director of the Learner Support Service, with responsibility for a range of information, advice and guidance and operational services central to supporting more than 200,000 OU students to achieve their study goals.
Before joining the OU, Lynda worked for seven years at Liverpool John Moore’s University where she was a Principal Lecturer in Law and Head of the Legal Practice Course, having started her career as a solicitor in Local Government.
Lynda said, “It is a privilege to join Edge Hill University, an institution which has made remarkable advances in recent years in student recruitment, retention and satisfaction.
The role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) seeks to build on this success by combining the responsibilities for learning, teaching and quality with crucial support functions such as Registry and Student Services.
My aim is to enhance the student experience, by further integrating academic and support services, alongside the vital work of the Students’ Union, to ensure a truly holistic approach where the whole University operates as a single, effective support team for our students.”
Lynda is also the new University Secretary. This role ensures the appropriate governance and the legal compliance of the institution.
Edge Hill University’s Vice Chancellor, Dr John Cater, has been appointed chair of the joint Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG).
TEAG’s role is to advise UUK, through consultation with members and engagement with key departments and agencies, on the issues affecting teacher education. It also looks at how both UUK and TEAG can ensure the interests of members are effectively represented and policies effectively developed and influenced.
TEAG meets at least three times a year, two of which include a roundtable meeting with colleagues from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Ofsted, Quality Assurance Agency and Higher Education Funding Council for England. TEAG also works closely with the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET).
John Cater said: “I have a long history of working with Government agencies and the university sector to help to secure the supply of a high quality teacher workforce and, at this time of great change, it is both a privilege and a challenge to be asked to lead this work on behalf of the higher education sector. Education changes lives, and effective teachers are the key to this. They are best trained in close partnerships between universities and schools, and this agenda will drive my time in office.”
Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 125 years. Today it enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s major providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce with a reputation for the highest quality provision, partnership working and delivery.
Dr John Cater is the longest-serving head of a United Kingdom higher education institution, having been appointed in 1993. As a social geographer, he has published extensively on race, housing, economic development and public policy and co-authored major research studies for the Social Science Research Council, the Commission for Racial Equality and their successor bodies.
He has been a Director of the Higher Education Careers Service since 1994 and was Chair of Liverpool: City of Learning from 2003-2005. He chaired the Standing Conference of Principals from 2001-2003, having been Vice-Chair from 1997-2001. He was a Director of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor body, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, from 1999-2006 and chaired both the Accreditation and the Audit Committees. He was a member of Department of Health’s Expert Advisory Panel on Nurse Education and Training from 1995-97, and has sat on Universities UK’s Health Education and Research Policy Network since 2004. He also represents all Vice-Chancellors on the Joint DH/DfE Social Work Reform Board.
He is past Chair of the Knowsley 14-19 Collegiate Consortium and the Greater Merseyside and West Lancashire Lifelong Learning Network, and a member of the QAA’s Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers.
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