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Higher education management


Dr Allan Howells

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Operations

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University management and administration; university research; HE Achievement Report (HEAR)

Biography

A Physics with Planetary and Space Physics graduate from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, Dr Howells spent six years as a researcher at the West Wales university, gaining a PhD in Atmospheric Physics. He first moved into university management and administration in 1994 at the University of Sheffield, initially working in areas of institutional research strategy and policy. He moved to Keele University in 2000 to establish a strategic planning office and provide executive support to the University’s leadership. Dr Howells' achievements in higher education include restructuring the academic framework at the University of Keele, to enable the university to respond to the increasing changes to the external higher education environment. More recently, he was leading the implementation of a significant curriculum review, designed to deliver a more flexible curriculum that met future students’ needs and demands in a more challenging employment market. Dr Howells is a member of the UUK Steering Committee implementing the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).  He also chairs the University of Wales Student Special Case Committee.
 
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Glyndŵr University Press Office

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Professor Helen James

Pro Vice-Chancellor

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Higher education management, science education, widening participation

Biography

Helen leads on Glyndwr University's partnerships with further education and collaboration, recently negotiating the partnership with Deeside College at the former Welsh College of Horticulture and the establishment of the new Advanced Composite Centre at Hawarden with Airbus. Her focus includes widening access, student experience, planning, marketing and recruitment. Previous roles have included Academic Director for Technology, Computing and Science.  Helen is also a chartered engineer and, prior to working in education, she worked in shipbuilding, armaments and satellites. Helen’s primary interests are equality and science.  She has recently completed institutional research into widening access and student retention and has contributed to national research and policy developments in those areas.  She is the current Chair of the Wrexham Science Festival and is a founding member and Director of North Wales Science.  She founded the Women into Science and Technology Network in Sussex, was awarded Welsh Woman of the Year 2005 for Science and Technology, and is a past regional chair of the Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Welsh speaker? N

Glyndŵr University Press Office

01978 293358 / 01978 293931
press@glyndwr.ac.uk

Professor Peter Heard

Director, Graduate School

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Postgraduate studies, science in education, science research

Biography

Born and raised in Exeter, Dr Peter Heard first joined Glyndŵr University in October 2007 as subject leader for science and later Head of the School of Science and Technology. A graduate of Durham University, where he obtained a BSc Chemistry, Dr Heard studied for his PhD at the University of Exeter and moved into higher education management following a 13 year career as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry first at Swansea, then at Birkbeck College, London. He has also held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University in the United States. Dr Heard will lead the expansion of Glyndŵr University’s postgraduate education.
 
Welsh speaker? N

Contact

Glyndŵr University Press Office
01978 293358 / 01978 293931
press@glyndwr.ac.uk

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