University Of Chichester Deputy Vice Chancellor
Professor Catherine Harper is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Chichester, and a champion of the University’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park project academic portfolio. Her doctoral research developed three-dimensionally woven glass fibre preforms with high tensile strength and flexural rigidity performance for use in composite components for the automotive industry. Sponsored by Ford UK, her PhD was undertaken through the University of Ulster’s Engineering Composites Research Group.
Her chief responsibilities at Deputy Vice-Chancellor include the development, promotion and championship of the distinctiveness, quality and profile of the University, and overall academic leadership and active management of the University and its academic departments, staff and resources. She also has responsibility for quality and standards, academic provision, student experience, and the effective management of learning and teaching.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor she deputises for the Vice-Chancellor, is the University’s Prevent Lead, the Senior Institutional Contact for both HEFCE and Senior QAA, as well as Authorising Officer for the University’s Tier 2/4/5 licenses, and has been Institutional Lead for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Year 2 submission, submitted in January 2017.
Catherine’s career has been as a researcher, practitioner and academic in the Creative and Cultural Industries, and as a Professor of Textiles she continues to advocate for interdisciplinary work between creative and technology subjects. She has previously managed funded projects concerned with design innovation, sustainable architecture, autonomous systems and data visualization, and media industries, and has otherwise led on industry accreditations via Creative Skillset, The Independent Games Association (TIGA), NUKE (computer animation) and the Royal Association of British Architects (RIBA). Catherine is especially committed to the advancement of Women in STEM and STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering [Arts] and Maths) subjects; she has experience of leading on the University of Portsmouth’s successful Athena Swan Bronze Award.